Our History


The “Oasis” Residential Centre for Rehabilitation begins its operations by providing neurological assistance to those in need following World War II. The facility, located on Via Ardeatina in Rome, takes the name of "Residential Center and Clinic of Santa Lucia" and begins to expand its services in the field of neuroscience. In 1960 the “Gruppo Sportivo of Santa Lucia” was founded, seizing the opportunity of the International Paraplegic Games, which were conducted coincident with the Rome Olympic Games. The Foundation's sport activities have enjoyed particular success over the years in basketball at both the national and international level.


Santa Lucia becomes the seat of the Bachelor's Degree in Physiotherapy of Tor Vergata University of Rome. Subsequently added are degree programs in Nursing and Speech Therapy. Academic activity also includes the Neuropsychology Residency in conjunction with Sapienza University of Rome. Internship programs for graduate psychologists and internships as part of residency programs of several Italian universities are also first offered.


The Ministry of Health recognizes the Foundation Santa Lucia as a fully qualified Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico - IRCCS). The Foundation becomes a nationally recognized leader and benchmarking institute in the field of neuroscience.


The "Residential Centre and Clinic Santa Lucia" becomes the "Santa Lucia Foundation", confirming the not for profit nature of Santa Lucia's health and research activities.


In this year the new Foundation Hospital opens up. The building houses six wards, multiple clinics and research laboratories on a total floor area of over 30,000 square meters. Health care services are provided pursuant to agreement with the National Health Service (SSN) and also on a private patient basis.


The Santa Lucia Foundation inaugurates the European Center for Brain Research (Centro Europeo di Ricerca sul Cervello – CERC). It houses 27 laboratories and further research facilities managed in collaboration with Foundation's partner institutions. The CERC collaborates scientifically at the highest level of scientific research with universities and research centers both in Italy and internationally.


The National Commission for Continuing Education recognizes the Foundation Santa Lucia as a CME Provider, enabling the provision of professional training courses in related health fields.


On February 24th the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, makes an official visit to the Santa Lucia Foundation accompanied by the Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin. The following year, September 22nd 2017, Pope Francis makes an unexpected visit to the children of the Foundation's Child Neurorehabilitation Center and also greets patients and staff at the Hospital.