The Marcus Foundation, Inc.
Bernie and Billi Marcus
As co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc., Bernie Marcus is often recognized for helping people complete their home-improvement projects. But through their leadership of the Marcus Foundation, Inc., he and his wife, Billi, have also helped countless people by supporting a vast array of medical, educational, religious and other community causes.
In January 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus committed to helping Jefferson reimagine healthcare by providing a $14 million grant to establish Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center–Villanova, the first satellite location of the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson.
“Jefferson is at the forefront of innovating integrative medicine—a transformation I want to be part of,” Mr. Marcus says.
The 14,000-square-foot facility in Villanova, Pa., will accommodate a growing number of clinical experts, laboratories with advanced diagnostic capabilities, a state-of-the-art nutrient infusion center and various wellness programs and products. Services will include holistic primary care, executive health, nutrient infusion programs, novel testing procedures, acupuncture and other complementary therapies currently unavailable to many patients.
The Marcus grant will help Jefferson revolutionize the patient experience by enabling the purchase of a PET-MR (Positron Emission Tomography-Magnetic Resonance) machine, which combines an MRI with molecular imaging to give radiation-free images that precisely align a patient’s anatomy and metabolic activity. Patients who need both tests will have the convenience of one exam instead of two, and clinicians can use this technology to assess a range of diseases, guide innovative treatment protocols and enhance research. PET-MR is specifically recognized for its insight into neurological disorders and can test the effects of integrative therapies on brain function.
“PET-MR imaging at the new site will be a major differentiator for Jefferson and a significant value for the patients we serve. We will be the first in the region to have this capability,” says Daniel Monti, MD, director of the Myrna Brind Center.
The Marcus Foundation’s investment in Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center–Villanova is a critical starting point for Jefferson to expand its integrative health programs to additional locations outside of Philadelphia and make innovative health programs and therapies accessible to communities that have never had such resources before.