Boca Raton Regional Hospital, US, has received a transformational $25m grant from the Marcus Foundation to create the Marcus Neuroscience Institute on the hospital’s main campus.

The 52,000ft2 facility will offer a 22-bed neuro intensive care and step-down unit, and will serve as a new nexus of care for neurologic and neurosurgical patients. Each of the rooms in the new facility is expected to feature an abundance of natural lighting, antechamber and special monitoring capabilities.

Marcus Neuroscience Institute will contain two operating rooms, each equipped with intraoperative MRI and CT scanners, which provide scans during all stages of a procedure. A biplane angiography suite is also expected in the Institute. The technology at the suite will enhance the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities and reduce the time to complete a neurological angiogram.

The Institute’s medical staff will include clinicians in all facets of the neurosciences including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, a neuropsychologist and a research director, the hospital officials said. A clinical research component will be featured at the Institute and collaborate with scientists at Florida Atlantic University, particularly its Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center.

Boca president and CEO Jerry Fedele said the Marcus’ Foundations commitment will allow the creation of an Institute, the benefits of which will be felt by generations of patients and professionals alike.

Marcus Foundation chairman Bernie Marcus said they have long tried to help those involved in caring for individuals with neurological diseases or impairments, on both a pediatric and adult basis. "Our plan at Boca Regional is to meld the best in physician skill and a marvellous facility to provide a centre of excellence in the neurosciences," Marcus added.

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Development of clinical programs within the Institute is expected to begin in such areas as movement disorders, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Marcus Foundation was established in memory of Mark S Niziak Jr who died of a brain tumour shortly after his fifth birthday. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote and fund clinical research relating to the treatment of childhood brain tumours.