The new Florence and Richard McBrien Pediatric Neuroscience Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has opened in an expanded space. Beaumont Health is based in Southfield.
A $3 million gift from Florence and Richard McBrien’s four daughters, along with $1.5 million from Beaumont, resulted in the creation of the 20,000-square-foot center on the third floor of the neurosciences building.
The sisters include Dr. Melissa McBrien, chief of otolaryngology at Beaumont, Royal Oak, and Dr. Dianne McBrien, a pediatrician specializing in children with disabilities, along with Marcia and Victoria.
“When we heard Beaumont wanted to create a pediatric neurology center, we knew it was not just a good fit — it was ‘the’ fit to honor our parents,” says Marcia McBrien. “Mom and Dad had a great heart for children and a lot of empathy for parents, having raised five kids of their own. This center, which helps children and their families, is exactly the kind of work they would support consistent with their deep Catholic faith.”
With a child-friendly fish and animal theme, the larger space allowed for an expansion of patient exam rooms from nine to 25. There is also a large waiting area, consult rooms, and a collaborative workspace for staff. Several patient families were involved in the design and layout of the center.
The center will specialize in epilepsy and seizures, headaches and migraines, neuromuscular disorders (nerve and muscle diseases), movement disorders and selected learning and behavioral disorders, sleep disorders and insomnia, neonatal neurology and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurogenetics, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, and developmental disorders and delay.
“We are so grateful to the McBrien family for their wonderful gift,” says Dr. Daniel Arndt, chief of pediatric neurology at Beaumont, Royal Oak. “Our new pediatric neuroscience center is a leading-edge, multidisciplinary center offering innovative and collaborative approaches for the treatment of complex pediatric neurological conditions, including our highly-touted Level 4 pediatric epilepsy program.”
A3C Collaborative Architecture in Ann Arbor was the architect for the project. Kasco Construction in Royal Oak was the construction manager.
“To see a family bond together in such an extraordinary way to support this life-changing program is so inspiring,” says Margaret Cooney Casey, president of the Beaumont Health Foundation. “This gift honors Florence and Richard beautifully and will have an impact on children and families in our community for decades to come. We are deeply grateful for the compassion and generosity the McBrien family has shown to some of our most vulnerable patients.”
Beaumont Health has eight hospitals, 145 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees, and 3,500 volunteers.