Christiana Care’s Neurosciences Service Line, in collaboration with the Surgical Service Line, opened the Transitional Neuro Unit (TNU) on Jan. 30 at Christiana Hospital to care for patients with acuity levels above the traditional stepdown level but less than intensive care. The TNU is on 2B, co-located with the Transitional Surgical Unit (TSU). Initially, three TNU beds are available, with a goal of opening a total of 6 beds before the end of the current fiscal year.

Danielle Weber, MSN, MS, RN-BC is TNU nurse manager, and Valerie Dechant, M.D., associate physician leader of the Neurosciences Service Line, is the unit medical director.

“The number of patients cared for at Christiana Hospital for severe neurologic illness has grown significantly,” said Dr. Dechant. “The Transitional Neuro Unit facilitates the delivery of expert care by a specialty-trained team with a focus on stabilizing acute illness and moving toward neurologic recovery.”