Cleveland Clinic And The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute Partner On New Clinical Institute In Las Vegas

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2/17/2009

Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s leading multispecialty academic medical centers, and the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, have collaborated to create a highly specialized clinical center to advance the research, early detection and treatment of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The goal of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders.

"As a global health care institution, Cleveland Clinic has sought to cultivate opportunities that will further expand our presence and enable us to share state-of-the-art medical practices, management capabilities and raise health care standards nationwide," said Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic's CEO and president.

The center will offer a patient-focused approach to care based on Cleveland Clinic’s Institutes model. This model of care enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient, linking various specialists across an organ system or disease state such as Neurology, Cancer or Cardiology, deliver improved patient centered care.

“This represents a dream come true for everyone who has worked so hard to make the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute a reality, including the people of Nevada and its neighboring states that will have access to medical treatment for neurological diseases from one of the world’s leading medical centers. This is a perfect integration of Cleveland Clinic’s mission and excellence in patient care, research and education and what we want to create here in Las Vegas,” said Larry Ruvo, Chairman of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.

The $100 million facility, designed by Frank Gehry, will house clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices and laboratories devoted to clinical research.

“Cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, are becoming more prevalent as we all lead longer lives,” said Michael T. Modic, M.D., FACR, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute. “New discoveries and emerging science tell us that cognitive disorders can be identified earlier than previously believed and potentially altered. Our hope is to bring together world-class clinicians and researchers to advance our understanding of cognitive disorders and provide the best care possible for people who suffer from them, as well as their caregivers.”

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will create and leverage global collaborative research networks to discover and validate new treatments and technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and early detection of cognitive disorders.

“It was always our intent to have the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute play a significant role in the virtual National Research Network, to facilitate worldwide collaborations and the sharing of expertise to accelerate the discovery of risk factors and the development of interventions and methods of care. With the Cleveland Clinic as our operational partner, we will be able to hit the ground running when we open our doors later this year,” said Ruvo.

With 80 million Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, Nevada and the rest of the country face the challenge of caring for an ever-increasing population suffering from various forms of dementia.

“We are thrilled to have the clinical leadership of Cleveland Clinic and the vision of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute working together to find a cure to these debilitating diseases,” said Richard P. Seher, MD, the current President of the Nevada State Medical Association.

In addition, the Institute will also include: the “Museum of the Mind,” an interactive learning center focused on the mind and brain; a public café and catering kitchen to be operated by the Wolfgang Puck organization; conference rooms; office space; and a 500-seat Activities Life Center for events, seminars, conferences, and forums.

“The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute and Cleveland Clinic create a powerhouse in the world of neurological medicine,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “Together, they have what it takes to perform this groundbreaking work that is significant to our state, our city and most importantly, those who suffer with debilitating brain diseases. Without our downtown redevelopment efforts, none of this would be possible. We are thrilled and honored to welcome Cleveland Clinic to Las Vegas and Union Park.”


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