Story by: Sara Thompson on August 20, 2021
On June 17 Norton Neuroscience Institute opened a comprehensive facility unlike any other in the region. This new facility benefits patients and the community by providing a multidisciplinary neurosciences program with leading-edge technologies and enhanced research and outreach efforts. The new space encompasses more than 48,000 square feet of clinical, diagnostic, procedural and rehabilitation space. It contains advanced equipment to allow patients to undergo complex neurological testing and procedures at the same site as their routine office visits. Norton Healthcare invested $15 million into the project.
As part of the investment, some of the updates and expansions were made possible thanks to a grant from the Norton Healthcare Foundation, supporting state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
“The Norton Healthcare Foundation has provided millions of dollars in funding to Norton Neuroscience Institute over the last decade, but this space really shows how those dollars are making a difference in care for our community,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, senior vice president and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “The technology and spaces created using grant dollars have helped make this a premier neuroscience facility, not just locally but regionally. The support of this community has made that possible.”
The Nichols Family Community Room was created from a $206,500 gift and will be a space used to offer free education, therapies, support, exercise classes and other programs for patients facing various neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, classes are offered through the Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center, such as tai chi, yoga and Lego therapy, as well as and patient support groups. These programs have been held virtually during the pandemic, but the goal is to go back to in-person classes when possible.
Those who want to support the Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center can do so through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.
The new Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation space is equipped with the latest rehab technology, including a virtual reality balance assessment system, a driving simulator, robotic-assisted therapy and more, which will help patients recover and develop skills to live independently.
Parkinson’s disease is a significant health concern as the country’s population ages. Thanks to a generous gift from Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, M.D., Ph.D., Norton Healthcare and Norton Neuroscience Institute have established this center. The specialized facility allows Norton Neuroscience Institute to enhance care and research efforts for Parkinson’s patients, including recruiting specialists, developing new technology and enhancing available treatments. In addition, the Cressman Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center offers deep brain stimulation, currently the preferred surgical method to help control movement difficulties.
Generous gifts from the community have made it possible for Norton Neuroscience Institute to offer an even higher level of care with some of the best leading-edge technology, medical expertise and patient support available in the area.
Norton Healthcare is a not-for-profit organization and relies on support from the community. Individuals or organizations that would like to help can start by calling the Norton Healthcare Foundation at (502) 629-8060.
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