Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Its programming is estimated to contain 100 billion neurons and its wiring is made up of roughly one quadrillion – a million billion – synapses. It can reason. It can imagine. It is always changing and modifying itself. It contains no off button. It is the human brain. And when it fails due to injury or disease, it requires a level of medicine that matches the sophistication of the body’s neurological system if optimum function is to be restored. That level of care will be available to residents of South Florida and beyond as Boca Raton Regional Hospital opens its new Marcus Neuroscience Institute in the spring of this year.
The Institute was created out of a lead $25 million grant from the Marcus Foundation and was initiated by Bernie Marcus, former CEO of The Home Depot, and his wife, Billi. Supported by other philanthropic gifts, the 56,000 square-foot facility will serve as a unique nexus of care for neurological and neurosurgical patients and will transform the landscape of clinical capabilities in the region.
The Institute will be led by Robert Levy, MD, PhD, who comes to Boca Regional after serving as Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville and Co-Director of the Shands-Jacksonville Neuroscience Institute.
A prolific researcher who has authored or co-authored three books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in such prestigious publications as The New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Neurology, Dr. Levy also spent 24 years at the Northwestern School of Medicine where he was a tenured professor in three disciplines, Chief of the Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Director of the school’s Gamma Knife Center.
“We are creating a new paradigm of care for the neurological or neurosurgical patient,” said Dr. Levy. “From our technology, the caliber of our medical and support staff — even the way the building itself has been designed — everything is meant to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of diagnosis and the treatment and support we provide.”
Highlighting the technological components of the Institute are two dedicated operating rooms, each equipped with intra-operative MRI and CT scanners. This equipment provides real-time scans during all stages of a procedure, ensuring greater accuracy and patient safety.
Another distinctive feature of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is its biplane angiography suite, a critically important component in the diagnosis and care of a host of neurological conditions. “ With biplane, we can produce highly detailed, three-dimensional images from two regions of the head, from front-to-back and from side-to-side,” explained Dr. Levy. “This superior visualization greatly enhances our diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities and significantly reduces the time to complete a neurological angiogram.”
In addition to highly acclaimed clinicians in all facets of the neurosciences, the Institute’s staff will also include neurointensivists — physicians who are specially trained in neurocritical care. According to Dr. Levy, recent studies show that neurointensive care units utilizing this type of specialist see lower mortality rates, shorter lengths of stay and a decrease in discharges to nursing homes.
The latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that with an aging population one of the largest anticipated needs in healthcare will be in the neurosciences, including vascular disease of the brain, Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and brain tumors.
“The Institute will have specific and advanced programs designed to address each of these afflictions, all in one place and under one roof,” said Mr. Marcus. “Our goal in making our gift to Boca Regional was to meld the best in physician skill with the finest technology in a marvelous facility. This spring, our community will see that we accomplished just that.”