Steinberg: When the development of the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center was first being discussed, we talked about creating an environment that would not only provide comprehensive care in a single facility, but one that would be developed with a deep understanding of the special challenges faced by neurological patients. The building was designed in a very intentional and strategic manner with all of our neuroscience services, supportive services, imaging, and infusion all under one roof. We have created an environment in this building that offers our most physically challenged patients, those with neuromuscular and movement disorders, the full continuum of care—from their initial treatment to lifelong living, including a balance and gait lab, mobility garden, speech, occupational, and physical therapy.
In developing this building our goal is to be a leader in the care for people with neurologic disorders and to translate innovations into cures. To that end, the facility will also be a hub for research and clinical trials. Often those clinical trials are important opportunities for patients because the trials test the latest treatments not available anywhere else.
Longo: The Center has a very special feeling to it. It’s something you’ll notice as soon as you walk in. There are wider hallways and door openings. The colors and textures on the walls and floors have been carefully selected for the safety for our particular patients and their specific conditions. There are larger exam rooms, a selection of chairs to serve the needs of patients with different disorders, and floors organized logically to reduce the need for patients with movement disorders to move around too much. An infusion area with chairs that swivel 360 degrees and a pharmacy located in the infusion area.
There is also a one-time-only check-in system to make visits easier for people with more than one appointment in the building, and much, much more. We want our patients to come to our Center and immediately recognize that it was designed to respond to their unique challenges in ways they have never seen in a care facility. We know, because of our close work with our neuroscience patients and family advisory board, that these features will put them at ease, provide comfort, and improve their overall sense of well-being.