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Our Mission: Neuroscience and Rehabilitation

The Santa Lucia Foundation is a non-profit organization and is recognized by the Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS) specializing in the field of neuroscience. It houses a highly specialized neurorehabilitation Hospital, which operates in agreement with the Public Health Service of the Lazio Region. Clinical activity is coordinated with the research activity, which is comprised of 60 laboratories at the health facility and the nearby European Center for Brain Research (CERC). With respect to professional training and higher education Santa Lucia is the situs of University Degree Courses related to neurorehabilitation and is an official ECM Provider (Continuing Medical Education).


Healthcare Activity: Specialized Neurorehabilitation

Highly Specialised Neurorehabilitation: is the specific and exclusive area of health activity of the Santa Lucia Foundation. It is aimed at patients who have severe brain damage with the goal of recovering a wide range of complex functions: neuromotor, respiration, swallowing, language, attention, memory, praxia (ability to perform actions). For this reason, the Santa Lucia Foundation has multidisciplinary teams, made up of neurologists, physiatrists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and specialized nurses. Hospitals that provide highly specialised neurorehabilitation must meet specific organisational and structural requirements established by law (such as spaces of an adequate size for neurorehabilitation activities, hospital rooms of 20 Sq.m. per bed to allow the movement of disabled patients, Diagnostic Imaging Unit, on-call doctor and anaesthesiologist h24 etc.).

Treated pathologies: acquired and severe brain injuries possibly accompanied by periods of coma, caused by head traumas and cerebral strokes, spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases (in particular multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease).

Child Neurorehabilitation:a dedicated Department guarantees long-term rehabilitation paths for children suffering from severe congenital cerebral palsy, prematurity, serious eating and communication disorders, intellectual disabilities and rare genetic syndromes. Children are taken in charge within the first year of life and can be accompanied throughout all the childhood.

The Hospital: consists of 6 Wards, able to treat all the conditions listed above. Each Ward carries out both clinical and research activities and houses 400 Sq. m. of facilities dedicated to rehabilitation treatments. The hospital rooms have two beds with bathroom and are an ample 40 Sq. m. There is also a swimming pool for hydrokinesitherapy (25x12 m). Thanks to these and other structural and organizational features, the Hospital fully complies with the legal requirements for the provision of Highly Specialized Neurorehabilitation.

Out-Patient Care: covers all the main medical specialties, with particular attention to neurological and also includes: Diagnostic Imaging Unit, Clinical Analysis Laboratory, Physiotherapy and Hydrokinesitherapy.

Methods for providing health services: in agreement with the National Health Service (SSN/ NHS) and privately, including private socialrates (SIMP) where the patient cost is comparable to the Public SSN rates.


IRCCS: Quality Derived From Research

The Santa Lucia Foundation has been recognised by the Ministry of Health since 1992 as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS). It is a recognition reserved in Italy for a limited number of entities, which carry out both clinical and research activities, representing reference structures for the entire national health system. For scientific production, calculated according to the international Impact Factor standard, the Santa Lucia Foundation is the fifth rated IRCCS in all of Italy and first in the field of neuroscience (source: Ministry of Health).


A Commitment to Formative Education

The Santa Lucia Foundation has activated, in collaboration with the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Degree Courses in Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Nursing. It is also situs to the Neuropsychology Residency of the Sapienza University and offers professional education courses as official ECM Provider (Continuing Medical Education).


For key data on activities and Staff, see Tab "FSL in Figures"


  • Inpatient beds dedicated to National Health System (SSN):   293
  • Day Hospital beds dedicated to National Health System (SSN):   32
  • Extensive Rehabilitation placements dedicated to National Health System (SSN):   187
  • Inpatient and Day Hospital admissions:   2,078
  • Extensive Rehabilitation Projects (adults and children):   979
  • Outpatients admission:   297,577
  • Patients from outside the Region (Latium):   10,92%
  • Barthel Autonomy Index (valid for all patients except post-coma and spinal cord injury):   18,4 / 54,2



  • Scientific Laboratories:   60
  • Scientific Publications:   468
  • Impact Factor Scientific Performance (Normalized):   2,090.20
  • Funding allocated by the Ministry of Health:   62%
  • Funding allocated by the European Commission:   15%
  • Funding allocated by other Public Entities and Foundations:   3%
  • Funding allocated by Private Sources:   20%



  • University Degree Programs:   3 (Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing: pursuant to agreement with Tor Vergata University of Rome)
  • Medical Residency:   1 (Neuropsychology: pursuant to agreement with Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Students enrolled in university degree courses:   254
  • Students enrolled in Neuropsychology Residency:   31
  • Percentage of students graduating “on-time”:   84,58%
  • Faculty:   167



  • Physicians and Psychologists:   76
  • Therapists:   208
  • Nurses and Health Care Workers:   277
  • Researchers:   226
  • Administrative Staff:   50


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