Beaumont opens new Neuroscience Center

By: Robert Guttersohn | Royal Oak Review | Published August 1, 2014

 Beaumont Hospital’s Neuroscience Center opened at the end of July.

Beaumont Hospital’s Neuroscience Center opened at the end of July.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Beaumont Health System unveiled at the end of July a new $22 million Neuroscience Center that consolidates neuroscience treatment for children and adults in one 80,000-square-foot building on the Royal Oak campus.

Holly Weissman, a nurse practitioner at the center, said during a July 31 tour of the building that it’s the first of its kind in Michigan.

“We’re excited that we are the one and only neuroscience center in the state of Michigan,” Weissman said.

The hospital broke ground on the project in January 2013. The building opened to patients July 28 and was constructed in response to an increased demand for neurological care.

“We have seen a tremendous growth in patients seeking neurological treatment — mostly because we are living longer,” Weissman said.

Hospital officials say the new center brings all aspects of neurological care, which used to be spread throughout the campus and satellite offices, under one roof.

The programs and clinics inside the center include treatments for epilepsy, concussions, Parkinson’s disease and more.

Further, the center houses the hospital’s craniofacial program. Because such a program involves experts from several medical disciplines — a neurosurgeon, a plastic surgeon and often a dentist — Weissman said the program needed to be in its own building.

“What I’ve seen so far is absolutely gorgeous,” said William Harris, a patient visiting the center that day for an appointment. Harris underwent craniofacial surgery a year and a half ago to replace his jaw, which had to be removed due to cancer. “I haven’t gotten the full tour yet, but the facility looks much better than where they were.”

When the basement of the building is completed, it will house the hospital’s ophthalmology department.

“The huge benefit of it being in the basement is it will be pitch dark,” Weissman said. “The ophthalmologist can do a much more improved exam when it’s completely dark.”

Elementary students from West Bloomfield’s Lone Pine Elementary were given a chance to contribute their art to the building.

Jayden Roth, 9, going into the fourth grade, was one of many students to paint portraits for the center. The portraits now hang inside four clinical rooms.

Roth, who was a student at Lone Pine Elementary last year, said the process took all school year, and the paintings were completed during the students’ free time.

“My aunt works for the Detroit Children’s Hospital, and I thought of giving back to the community by coming up with artwork to make kids happy,” she said.

Seated next to one of the paintings she worked on, Roth said she was “happy and proud of myself for what I’ve done and happy that other kids can look at artwork and be happy, too.”