STANFORD, Calif. (December 10, 2015) – Stanford Health Care hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of its new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo Alto. Attendees included Stanford Health Care leadership and medical staff, community members, patients and public officials.
The Stanford Neuroscience Health Center is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive care destination that brings together neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and other care providers from 21 neuroscience subspecialties to work side-by-side, allowing teams to share their expertise and information rapidly. The integrated outpatient services in one convenient location results in more accurate diagnoses, organized care, better quality of life and improved outcomes for the patient.
"The Stanford Neuroscience Health Center will provide the absolute leading edge of care in a highly coordinated fashion," said Amir Dan Rubin, President and CEO, Stanford Health Care. "This first-of-its-kind center brings together multidisciplinary teams of Stanford clinicians, leveraging breakthrough approaches, all in a highly patient-centered facility."
At the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, patients will have access to advanced diagnostic techniques, the latest treatments and unique ground-breaking clinical trials – some of which are not available anywhere else in the world. The center's revolutionary neuroscience technology includes an Autonomic Lab with one of the first clinical care thermoregulatory sweat labs in the nation and the first dedicated clinical PET/MRI. The building will also offer unique supportive services, including an outdoor Mobility Garden and a Wellness Center for restorative patient classes, such as yoga and dance, as well as educational lectures.
An established NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Center will be housed in the building and is one of only 29 in the country where scientists will have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders nationwide.
"At Stanford Medicine, we are committed to working across boundaries to provide preventive, personalized, and patient-centered care for our patients," said Lloyd B. Minor, M.D., dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Through the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, we are leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health by providing our neuroscience patients with individualized care that is focused on wellness and integrates the most technologically advanced equipment with groundbreaking discovery," said Minor.
The design of the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center was created to provide a physically and emotionally supportive care environment for patients in each of the 21 neuroscience subspecialties. One of the biggest draws of the building is patient access to a team of specialized physicians, surgeons and nurses in one location. Building planning included extensive process design work and incorporated feedback from the 12-member Patient and Family Advisory Council, physicians and care team members to address virtually every aspect of the facility, from flooring to lighting.
"It is so unique to be involved and appreciated at this level like we were at Stanford. The life of a neuroscience patient can be extremely difficult, and having a seat at the table to give a patient's perspective on every detail from the flooring to the wall colors to the types of chairs is incredibly empowering," said Paula Holwell, chair of the Stanford Neuroscience Patient and Family Advisory Council. "As someone who is personally going to be treated at this center, it means so much to know that my voice helped to shape what the future patient experience will be like at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center."
The new five-story, 92,000-square-foot Neuroscience Health Center, designed by architect TEF Design and constructed by Cahill Contractors, is located at 213 Quarry Road at the Hoover Medical Campus in Palo Alto. The new facility is scheduled to open for patient care in January 2016.
For more information, visit: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/snhc.