Neurorehabilitation & Advanced Specializations
Santa Lucia Foundation is a landmark institution in the field of highly specialized neuro rehabilitation. Strong related health cares and research build its core activities. Rehabilitation programs affects patient with both, motor and cognitive deficits. Health services are provided under an agreement with the National Health Service (SSN) and also on a private patient basis. The hospital is located in the center of the campus on via Ardeatina in Rome, in a tranquil setting near the Nature Park of Appia Antica. It is five kilometers from both the city center and from the Rome “Ring Road” or GRA.
In the wide spectrum of illness and conditions treated, rehabilitation therapies are especially focused on patients affected by stroke and coma, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and people suffering from degenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to physiokinesitherapy and hydrokinetic treatments, rehabilitative therapies include occupational and speech therapy, orthotics, phoniatrics and pulmonary rehabilitation, treatment of dysphagia and many other cognitive deficits. The rehabilitation treatments make use of modern technology such as brain-computer interfaces (BCI), exoskeletons, game therapy and more.
Outpatient Clinics and Extensive Rehabilitation
Alongside its in-patient and day hospital, a dedicated structure exists for outpatients, of all ages, in need of extensive habilitation. Often patients are clinically followed for extended periods, even years. This allows the Hospital to offer a complete range of services, even to those not admitted to the Hospital. The Outpatient Clinics cover, in addition to specialized neurology, all the main areas of medical specialty and diagnostic imaging services. Even the Rehabilitation Pool is available on an outpatient basis.
The hospital has six wards or units on separate floors, occupying a total floor area of over 30,000 square meters. The rooms are 46 square meters wide. Patient can choose between single and double room, both provided with bathroom. Each hospital unit has its own 400 square meter rehabilitation facility. The hospital maintains also a swimming pool for hydrokinetic therapy (25x12 meters) with a constant water temperature of 32 °C (89.6 °F). The entire hospital architecture has been carefully designed to ensure high levels of comfort, important in a rehabilitation hospital, where the patient may be required to spend significant time in an otherwise physically and psychologically challenging setting both for the patient and their family.
Experience in the Field of Neuroscience
Opened in 2002, the current Hospital has replaced the historic building in which were launched early rehabilitation activities in the sixties. In the decades since, Santa Lucia has been continually developing the neurological rehabilitation specialization that sees doctors and physical therapists work with the help of modern technologies such as systems of brain-computer interface (BCI) and exoskeletons. This growth of the Santa Lucia Foundation has been accompanied by the pursuit of the science of rehabilitation, to which the Foundation has made a recent important contribution, as published in an article in the important scientific journal Neurological Sciences (March 2015).
The Chief of Staff of the Santa Lucia Hospital is Dr. Antonino Salvia.