Abbott Northwestern Hospital Richard M. Schulze Center of Excellence in Neurological Care

State-of-the-Art Care and Safety

The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Richard M. Schulze Center of Excellence in Neurological Care provides state-of-the-art care for patients with complex conditions such as brain tumors, sleep disorders, strokes, concussions, Alzheimer’s disease, and seizures.

The project co-locates 12 ICU and 43 medical/surgical beds with shared rehab and imaging. Prefabricated interior walls offered a faster construction schedule and minimal construction staging space; future flexibility for layout changes; and flexibility for changes to utility systems, all without the dust associated with traditional gypsum board construction.

Best practices and technologies to support patient safety are deployed throughout the unit, while natural materials and imagery promote a sense of calm. Accent colors and patterns assist patients and their families with wayfinding, and numerous respite spaces welcome family members and staff.

Integrated Seizure Monitoring System

In collaboration with the Minnesota Epilepsy Group who wanted to monitor neuro patients who have seizures, hospital staff, contractors, and the project manager we designed an integrated system to be used when a patient is having a seizure. Each room is equipped with a seizure sequence monitoring system that enables faster response by care providers and instantly reduces sensory instigators within the room. This system can be initiated by pushing a large purple button at the entrance of the room, or remotely via the patient monitoring system. This integrated system summons the nurse call, dims the lighting, turns off the television and lowers the window shade with one pre-configured setting.

See a video of the system in action and learn more about the process in the video below.


Minneapolis, MN

Building Type

Inpatient Care


43,000 SF

  • 2020 Minnesota Physician's Honor Roll Award
  • 2020 Minnesota TEKNE Award for Digital Transformation

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