ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Hospital has begun expanding their neuroscience center to keep up with the area's growing need.

Neuroscience is anything surgical or medical dealing with the spine or brain.

Jackie Reineke is a Spine & Neurosurgical Care Specialist at the St. Cloud Hospital. She says the remodel will provide more opportunity to care for patients.

"We are expanding our remote heart monitors, our nurses stations, we are really just finally getting the space we need to care for all the patients," says Reineke.

The expansion includes an additional eight beds to bring the total number of beds in the neuroscience/spine unit to 45..

"Eight of those beds will be the neuro-progressive beds, similar to an ICU step down or higher acuity bed," says Reineke.

Reineke says they hope to be done with the expansion by April 29th.


Blueprints are show of what the new neuroscience facility will look like. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)