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About the Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders

Aronson Chair Gift Form

Butler Hospital was founded in 1844 thanks to the support and generosity of local families who understood the importance of providing expert and compassionate clinical care for patients challenged by mental illness. Over the past 160 years, the field of brain science has dramatically grown, with a deeper understanding of brain function, new diagnoses, research studies, and treatment options – along with an exponential increase in patients needing services. Thanks to a new generation of philanthropically-minded families and friends, Butler's programs are able to meet the growing needs of our community; with the most recent and profound addition being Neurology Services, with specialized care in Movement Disorders and Memory and Aging.

Butler's Movement Disorders Program provides state-of-the art care for patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other movement disorders. It is the only one of its kind in the country, located at a psychiatric hospital. Here, a patient's neurologist joins a team of experts, including psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists, all working in partnership at the same facility. Clinicians now recognize the connection between neurodegenerative disorders and the effect these conditions have on a person's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Butler's programs are profoundly effective because of our ability to provide a continuum of care – where all of a patient's caregivers fully appreciate the diagnosis, symptoms, and course of treatment. Such comprehensive care can only be found at Butler.

Butler Hospital is looking critically at the growing demands for services as people are living longer and being diagnosed with illnesses that a few generations ago were largely unknown. The Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders is timely, as it honors a leader in the field of neurology and insures the future of one of Butler's key programs.

The Endowed Chair Program was established by Butler Hospital to provide an opportunity for both the hospital and community to recognize and honor a physician for his or her outstanding contributions to medical science and/or patient care and financially support its ongoing programs. An Endowed Chair may also honor an individual who has had a profound influence on Butler, its patients, and caregivers.

As defined by the hospital, it is only fitting that Dr. Stanley M. Aronson be the honoree for the hospital's first Endowed Chair: The Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders.

This endowment will support the operational needs of the Movement Disorders Program, thereby guaranteeing both that Butler will provide services for patients with neurodegenerative disorders and that a visionary physician will sit as Chair of this division, to guide care, research, and education. Additionally, as Butler is a teaching hospital of the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, this Chair will be a shared position, with recipient holding a professorship position at Brown.

As someone who knows Dr. Aronson – as a friend, colleague, student, avid fan – or perhaps is a patient of Dr. Friedman, your support of The Aronson Chair will honor a true leader in the field of compassionate clinical care, recognize a physician who is treating patients today, and will guarantee that Butler Hospital will always be able to offer the highest level of treatment and cutting-edge research to patients tomorrow.

It goes without saying that your support of The Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders would provide transformational and fundamental support for Butler Hospital and the Neurology Services Center. Your donation will not only directly impact the current care we provide our patients and support for their families, but for generations to come.

As the program continues to expand, we will update you on the growth of the program, including the number of new patients who will be served, new clinical trials conducted, new education programs, or perhaps the addition of an in-patient facility. We only wish we could share with you the gratitude of each of our patients and their loved ones, who are treated with respect, compassion, and the latest methods, so that they may live their lives to the fullest.

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