To my knowledge this will be the first 3T IMRI and the first Siemens Artis zeego endovascular robot on the West Coast. Plans are also underway to build a dedicated 12-bed neurological intensive care unit, with access to a portable CT, with a completion date of late 2013.
Importantly, we are also recruiting new neurologists and a neurosurgeon to allow us to offer state-of-the-art care for our neurosurgical tumor program. We aim to put together a team approach to deliver "high touch," evidence-based care, while also offering access to the latest clinical trials. To that end and to facilitate nursing education and improve the communication within the team, we recently recruited Laura Canfield, RN, MSN, a clinical nurse specialist in neurosciences.
Concomitantly, Cottage Health System and the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute have been working with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to develop space for translational medical research in a soon-to-be-built bioengineering building. We hope to recruit physicians with a strong academic portfolio who will want to continue their research projects in collaboration with the scientists at UCSB.
You can understand why we are excited about the future of the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute. We hope to channel all this technological and clinical expertise into world class systems of health care and eventually to make our outcomes and costs transparent to the patient and referring physicians.