UW Hospital Neuro ICU reunion brings lives full circle

UW Hospital Neuro ICU reunion brings lives full circle
UW Hospital

The doctors and nurses in the University of Wisconsin Hospital Neuro ICU see patients during the most critical moments in their lives.

In many cases, when those patients are moved from the Neuro ICU, the doctors and nurses don’t get the chance to follow their progress.

Four years ago, Dr. Josh Medow, the medical director of the Neuro Critical Care Unit decided to change that. He helped to create the Neuro ICU reunion. It brings together former Neuro ICU patients, their families and the doctors and nurses who treated them.

“One of the things that the people in the ICU don’t see is how the patients do afterwards and it is really easy to get down when you see somebody who has been hooked up to tubes and wires for such a long time,” Medow said. “What it allows us to do is it allows the nurses to see the good work that they’ve done when these people are back in the community and doing things again.”

It also allows patients, like 27-year-old Amanda Zimmerman, to reconnect with the doctors and nurses who cared for them. Zimmerman was treated in the Neuro ICU following a stroke in April 2015.

“I’m so thankful for all of them,” Zimmerman said.

The Neuro ICU Reunion is held every two years at UW Hospital.

“It is just a way to complete the circle to give everybody closure and it is so nice to have them back for such a festive event,” Medow said.