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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Opens for Business
Date:7/13/2009

LAS VEGAS, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health welcomes its first patients today, opening the doors to an architectural gem and a highly touted model of patient-focused care.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a highly specialized clinical center designed to advance the research, early detection and treatment of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

"We still have much more to accomplish, but welcoming patients and caregivers is a truly significant benchmark for all involved," said Larry Ruvo, a businessman and philanthropist, who named the center for his father, whose last years were spent as a victim of Alzheimer's disease. "It's certainly a day worth celebrating for all those afflicted or involved with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington, A.L.S. and other neurodegenerative diseases who have worked so hard to make this effort a reality."

The center's mission is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders, through the use of Cleveland Clinic's patient-centered, research-based Institutes model. This model of care enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient, linking various specialists across organ systems or disease states - such as Neurology, Cancer or Cardiology - to deliver improved patient care.

"Applying our model of care to the treatment of cognitive disorders promises to improve the quality of life for countless Americans," said Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic's CEO and pres
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