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Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu

October 2013

Message from Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu
Director, Capital Institute for Neurosciences
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

At the Capital Institute for Neurosciences (CIN), we celebrate our center and nationally recognized physicians and frequently refer to “our team.” The “team” truly is necessary to provide better care than any other neurosciences center. Indeed, when I first started this mission, my “team” consisted of only one other doctor — my partner and one of only a few neurosurgeons I would send my own family to see — and a support team including twenty nurses, technicians, my trusted office manager and staff. While we’ve grown tremendously since then to a team of more than 200 professionals, we continue to hold fast to our guiding principles.

A surgeon can be the most gifted technician and doctor, but it means nothing if the nursing team taking care of the patient in the ICU setting is not equally committed, talented and dedicated. Here at CIN, we do what most places do not. We invest in full-time dedicated neuro nurses. This means that's all they do everyday — all day and all night. They are passionate about neuro nursing and know more about this complex patient population than most non-neuro physicians. Our commitment comes at a large fiscal cost, but an absolutely essential one for our center’s success. Not all nurses can meet the requirements to become part of this elite team. Each is chosen based on his or her clinical skills, passion for neurologic disease, and personality. Although I am admittedly biased, I am convinced that our nurses provide the most demanding form of nursing.

When we arrived five years ago, one of the standout leaders who epitomized this concept was Lynne Seeds. She was smart, passionate, dedicated and wildly energetic. We all knew that our patients and their families would be in the best of hands when Lynne was taking charge of their care. New nurses going through the rigorous training process to become a CIN Neuro Nurse looked to Lynne as a model, mentor and friend. Lynne tragically passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, this past August, leaving behind a husband and young family — and a family here at CIN. We often get jaded seeing miracles and tragedies in the world of health care. We forget that we too are human and ultimately may face illness. Lynne touched the lives of many people, often at their time of greatest need. She saved lives and touched generations of nurses and doctors. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

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