NHRMC Foundation Receives $75,000 Donation to Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

March 10, 2016

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the NHRMC Foundation would like to thank the Monteith family for their generous donation of $75,000 for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The donation was given by John and Amie Monteith in honor of their son Ryan, who has received care from the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit team at the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“It is exciting for families to have an overnight monitoring unit right here in Wilmington so they don’t have to travel for care,” John Monteith said. “It makes a huge difference for families with children facing neurological challenges to have the expertise of pediatric neurologist Dr. Sasidharan Taravath in our city.”

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit uses a combination of electroencephalogram (EEG) and audio recordings to evaluate, diagnose, and treat seizures in children. The EMU multidisciplinary team includes Sasidharan Taravath, MD, pediatric neurologist with Coastal Children’s Services, EEG technologists, a pediatric hospitalist physician, nurses and other specialists. The team assesses brain activity to determine conditions and establish treatment plans. On average, 12 children visit the EMU each month and stay for up to 48 hours with a parent or loved one in the specialized inpatient unit.

“We are grateful to the Monteith family for their generous support of the incredible services offered at NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” said NHRMC Foundation Vice President of Development and Executive Director Schorr Davis. “This gift shines a bright light on the dedicated work our teams provide our youngest patients.”

The NHRMC Foundation, NHRMC and Coastal Children’s Services recognized the Monteith family at a dedication ceremony naming the three EMU rooms in their honor.

“The Monteiths have so graciously given back to the EMU team and we are genuinely honored,” Dr. Taravath said. “Their philanthropy is a testament to our team’s dedication and commitment to our patients and their families.”

For more information on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and pediatric neurological services offered at NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital, call 910.667.7360 or visit www.nhrmc.org/services/pediatrics.