Miami Neuroscience Institute

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute Opens Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Baptist Health Baptist Hospital

January 12, 2024

PHOTO_EMU ImageMIAMI, FL – January 12, 2024 – Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute has opened a newly renovated epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) at Baptist Health Baptist Hospital. The 5-bed unit is intended to observe patients 24 hours a day with state-of-the-art technology in each patient room.

Centered on surgical planning evaluation, event characterization, and medication management, the hope is patients can leave with a full treatment plan centered on their type of epilepsy, decided by a multidisciplinary team of experts. The multidisciplinary team, comprised of epileptologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and neurosurgeons will work to evaluate where a patient’s seizures are stemming from and what treatment options, such as surgery, neuromodulation, and/or medication can be used to alleviate symptoms and steer patients to have the greatest quality of life possible. Additionally, this dedicated unit is comprised of nurses specializing in epilepsy care.

“This unit will increase our capabilities to provide more innovative options for patients with epilepsy in South Florida and beyond. My hope is patients will come to us and leave with a detailed understanding of their condition and confidence in a plan we will have crafted for them”, shared Luis Felipe Tornes, M.D., director of epilepsy with Miami Neuroscience Institute. “We understand many epileptic patients are seeking seizure freedom, or a significant reduction in seizure frequency, more specifically, those with drug-resistant epilepsy. Our team is determined to deliver a detailed evaluation of every patient who comes through our doors, offering newfound hope.”

Miami Neuroscience Institute’s epilepsy program is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a level 4 epilepsy center—the highest level possible. For more information about the EMU, visit

About Baptist Health 
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned institutes specializing in cancer care, brain and spine care, heart and vascular care and orthopedic care. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and The Baptist Health PineApp, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn.



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