Research Medical Center
October 24, 2018

WHO: Research Medical Center

WHAT: Neurosciences Open House + Tour

WHEN: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. / 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 

WHERE: Research Medical Center, A Level, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64132

MEDIA: Please call Christine Hamele or Kimberly Stern (contact info above) if interested in onsite interviews.

WHY: Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and neurosciences provider—will unveil its neuro-dedicated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with hosted tours from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., with a program at 5 p.m. The Neuroscience ICU will have more than 40 specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, pulmonologists, neuro-interventional radiologists, pharmacists, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation therapists, pastoral care, social workers and more. The hospital has onsite surgical capabilities in many specialties 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other Neuroscience ICU features include advanced thoracic, respiratory, lab and imaging expertise; bariatric capabilities; a family visiting room; and on-campus family accommodations.

“Our extraordinary team of well-regarded and accomplished professionals will collaborate to ensure that more people not just survive neuro disorders like stroke and traumatic brain injuries, but recover with as few lasting complications as possible,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “Research Medical Center, as one of the most prestigious quaternary hospitals in the region, is proud to deliver world-class technology and neurological resources to deliver the highest quality, most compassionate care possible, and this dedicated Neurosciences ICU will help achieve our mission of caring for human life, above all else.”

“Our Neurosciences ICU is equipped with advanced minimally invasive monitoring and treatment techniques to give our patients some of the most advanced care possible in the Kansas City region,” says Jayson Neil, M.D., fellowship trained neurosurgeon with the HCA Midwest Health Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical. “Our neurosciences team provides comprehensive and continuous bedside care to patients, while including families in the recovery process.”

Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed, board-certified neurologist, Medical Director of The Stroke Care Center at Research Medical Center and an internationally recognized leader in stroke/TIA care, notes “the multi-disciplinary approach of the Neurosciences ICU is essential to individuals experiencing neurosurgical and neurological life-threatening illnesses, like stroke and brain hemorrhage, as well as other neurological issues. Our team, comprised of experts from many neuro disciplines, is specifically trained to deal with these kinds of urgent cases and also the family, a critical part of a patient’s recovery.”

Research Medical Center is home to the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation and was the first Certified Primary Stroke Center in the region. It has received Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for five straight years, recognizing the hospital’s commitment and success in meeting a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. A Level 1 Trauma Center, Research Medical Center has achieved the State of Missouri’s Level I Time Critical Diagnosis Stroke Center, providing definitive care to high volumes of stroke patients within the region. In 2017, Research Medical Center was awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®.

For more information on Research Medical Center’s Neurosciences care, visit