US-based not-for-profit regional healthcare delivery network Hoag has received a $50m gift from philanthropist Richard Pickup to build the Richard H Pickup Center for Brain Health.
The new centre aims to address the rising demand for healthcare due to age-related health issues.
It will offer comprehensive treatment, including screenings, early detection, treatment, and advanced technology.
The facility will take a whole-family approach to cognitive impairment and mental health disorders, focusing on their impact on physical health, quality of life, and healthcare costs.
Plans are in progress for a dedicated space on the Hoag Newport Beach campus.
The donation will support national experts, create chairs for physicians, and advance research and treatments.
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This gift builds on a longstanding relationship between Pickup and Hoag, with the former donating $15m in 2017 to the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.
Hoag offers various treatment options, including a Phase I Alzheimer’s vaccine clinical trial, and the latest diagnostic technology at its Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.
Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program director Aaron Ritter said: “Most dementia centres are focused almost entirely on clinical research and clinical trials. While research is of crucial importance – and something that we will continue to promote at Hoag – it is only part of the picture.
“Until we find a cure for dementia, we need to emphasise supporting patients and their families to adapt to the day-to-day impact of dementia.
“Focusing on recognising the treatable conditions that can cause cognitive impairment, we can slow if not reverse a person’s decline.
“This improves the quality of life for patients and their caregivers.”