Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in Boston has announced a $10 million gift from Scott A. Schoen and Nancy W. Adams in support of a new research institute.
The largest gift in Spaulding's 46-year-history will help advance multidisciplinary translational research aimed at improving the lives of people living with disabilities and provide seed capital and multiyear funding for the Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams Discovery Center for Recovery From Chronic Pain, providing critical support for intensified, coordinated, and collaborative inquiry around rehabilitation and recovery from chronic pain. According to a 2015 study prepared by National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, nearly fifty million American adults experience significant chronic or severe pain.
The balance of the gift will be used to expand other research initiatives at Spaulding, including its work on concussion — the leading cause of disability in children and adolescents in the United States — and fill key leadership positions at the institute.
The CEO of private investment firm Baylon Capital, Schoen serves as board chair of Partners Continuing Care, which includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Network's flagship rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute facilities, a skilled nursing center, and outpatient and homecare services.
"Nancy and I believe deeply in Spaulding's mission and vision to transform the future of rehabilitation medicine through world-class research and scientific breakthroughs," said Schoen. "There is a tremendous need to raise and leverage more private resources to advance discovery in the post-acute treatment of children and adults recovering from concussion and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn, musculoskeletal injury, and stroke and from the associated pain that accompanies these conditions."