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Neurocritical Care Unit and Stroke Center

Neurocritical Care Unit

The Neurocritical Care Unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis provides highly specialized intensive care for patients from across the region with conditions of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles, including stroke, cerebral aneurysms, blood vessel malformations, multiple seizures and infections, such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Other patients receive care before and after neurosurgery including highly specialized procedures such as surgery for epilepsy, aneurysms, brain tumors or endovascular procedures (using catheters to access the brain through the arterial system).

Video EEG monitoring capabilities are available for evaluation of epilepsy surgery patients. Four negative-pressure ventilation rooms protect patients, clinical staff and the public from the spread of contagious or dangerous diseases.

Medical direction for the unit is provided by James Walker, MD, the only physician in Kansas board-certified in neurocritical care, critical care and anesthesiology. The unit is staffed by a team of specially trained neuroscience nurse practitioners and bedside nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, respiratory therapists and dietitians.


  • 24/7 Acute Stroke Treatment
  • 24/7 Neuro Surgical Capabilities
  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • AVM/AVF Resection
  • Decompressive craniotomy
  • Hemorrhage
  • 24/7 Neuro Endovascular Capabilities
  • Aneurysm Coiling
  • Stent Assisted Coiling
  • Balloon Remodeling
  • Treatment of Giant Complex aneurysm
  • Pipeline flow Diverter Device
  • Endovascular Stroke Therapy
  • Intra-Arterial Thrombolytic
  • Penumbra Device
  • Stent Retriever
  • Intra-Arterial Therapy for Vasospasm
  • Vasodilator Infusion
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Intracranial angioplasty for atherosclerosis
  • Carotid and vertebral artery stenting
  • Area's premier inpatient rehab facility, Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital

Stroke Center

As the region's only 24/7 neuro-interventional center, Via Christi Stroke Center is a life-saving resource for patients and hospitals throughout Kansas.

Via Christi has worked to meet rigorous standards established by The Joint Commission for certification as a Primary Stroke Center, a designation it has held since December 2005.