Bon Secours St. Francis Health System celebrated the debut of the Diane Collins Neuroscience Institute over the weekend, a new center that allows patients to receive various, if not all, aspects of their individualized neurological care at one convenient location. 

The Institute is located on the third floor of the medical office building on the Bon Secours St. Francis Millennium campus – 2 Innovation Drive, Suite 350, Greenville. The five physicians at the Bon Secours Neurology – Eastside practice relocated to this new location, effective May 23. In this new space, patients now have access to a dedicated speech pathologist, neuro-trained physical therapist and other services that patients can benefit from based on their needs.

“We were able to create a one-stop shop to centralize neurological care, making a destination place for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. Our team of highly skilled health care experts now have spaces created specifically with these patients in mind so they can offer treatment in an environment that promotes healing,” said Wayne Fraleigh, Bon Secours Medical Group chief operating officer. “This program expansion is a renewal of our commitment to raising awareness and acting as a frontline resource for those suffering from neurological disorders.”

While it’s situated on the third floor of the Millennium building, the services offered by the Bon Secours Diane Collins Neuroscience Institute extend throughout the entire building. Imaging – to include a CT scanner and MRI – are located on the first floor. The HealThy Self gym on the second floor now includes a boxing area, as this activity is proven to improve gait stability, reduce the risk for falls and improve overall movement and health in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Also on the second floor, there will soon be an infusion center for non-oncological patients as well as a dedicated setup to simulate activities of daily living that patients may need help mastering following a stroke or while dealing with other neurological disorders. 

The Bon Secours Diane Collins Neuroscience Institute began as a grassroots effort by members of our community that witnessed the benefit of comprehensive care themselves or for their loved ones. In fact, the family of the Institute’s namesake provided a very generous gift that made it possible for this project to take off. Diane Collins was known for her volunteer work throughout the Upstate and spent many years living with Parkinson’s disease. Her family is one of many excited to see this $8 million center finally open its doors. 

“This would not be possible without the generosity of donors who so believe in the impact that will be made by bringing this place of healing and hope to fruition. We are humbled by those who stand in the gap for those who suffer from neurological disorders, and know the impact made by the care provided for our patients and family members will be tremendous,” said Erik Whaley, president of the St. Francis Foundation.

Disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system – such as migraines, strokes, dementia and dystonia – are as complex as the brain itself. At Bon Secours, our board-certified team of neurology experts combine compassionate care with the most advanced medical treatments to help patients with neurological disorders maintain their highest quality of life.

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