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Barrow breaks ground on major new neuroscience facility

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Expansion expected to transform medical research and innovation.

(PH)OENIX – Nov. 14, 2019 – Barrow Neurological Institute broke ground today on a new neuroscience facility that is expected to serve as a national model for the future of research and medical innovation.


Located on the Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center campus, the new facility, called the Barrow Neuroplex, is expected to open in late 2020.


“The goal of this expansion is to bring to Barrow a similar excitement as Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, where the most-talented neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, and neurologists in the world collaborate to innovate and advance our field,” says Michael Lawton, MD, President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute. “The Barrow Neuroplex will expand and transform Barrow’s home with the addition of an innovative workspace and capture the creative energy of the neurosciences community.”


The 130,050 square-foot, five-story facility will include 30,000 square feet of research space, increasing Barrow’s dedicated laboratory space by 50 percent. The new building will serve as the new home for outpatient clinics, including neurosurgical, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, and endocrinology clinics as well as the Institute’s comprehensive stroke center. It will also house an ambulatory surgical center and a pre-admission center for neurosurgery. Additionally, the facility will feature outpatient surgical suites tailored to modern, less invasive surgeries that do not require hospitalization.


“We believe the Barrow Neuroplex is a stepping stone on the path to scientific advancements,” says Dr. Lawton. “It will be the place where patients come for world-class and lifesaving medical care, where scientists discover new therapies and treatments, and where we train the next generation of neuroscience leaders.”


Barrow Neurological Institute, which is located at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, has long been a world leader in health care and has become a beacon of hope for patients from throughout the world. Founded in 1962, the Institute has grown into the world’s largest center for neurosurgical training and its neurosurgeons perform more brain surgeries annually than any other facility in the United States. Barrow is also home to renowned neurological centers including the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, robust neuro-rehabilitation services and one of the nation’s most comprehensive stroke centers. The Institute is consistently ranked as a top hospital for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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