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    CPMC's Brain Health Center Funded by Amazing Generosity

    Removing the Stigma of Dementia

    Catherine Madison, M.D., Medical Director of CPMC’s new Brain Health Center (left), with Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD, Chief Program Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, in the garden of the Irene Swindells Alzheimer’s Residential Care Program at CPMC

    Funded in 2011 by the largest philanthropic gift in CPMC Foundation’s history—$21 million—CPMC’s Brain Health Center will open its doors to the San Francisco community in 2012. Inspired by an anonymous donor’s concern for individuals suffering from cognitive impairment, the Brain Health Center, part of CPMC’s Neuroscience Institute, encompasses a unique four-part mission: to increase awareness, facilitate education and prevention, expand research, and provide integrated support services for patients and their families.

    “Facing a diagnosis of cognitive impairment is overwhelming. With our generous endowment and alliance with the Alzheimer’s Association, we offer the expertise of a care navigation team to guide patients and families through the many complex challenges they face,” says Catherine Madison, M.D., Medical Director for the center. “By removing the stigma associated with dementia, we can diagnose earlier as well as facilitate younger patients’ involvement in research trials, which will improve our chances of finding more effective treatments. We also want to encourage healthier lifestyles to lower risk for dementia later in life.”

    The anonymous gift received will endow patient care and education at the Brain Health Center. Additional funding will be needed to recruit a physician-scientist to build the center’s research program.

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