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Bethesda, Maryland - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) celebrates the opening of the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge on Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m. This new addition offers a temporary residence for families and loved ones of adult patients who are receiving care at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's premier hospital for conducting clinical research - research involving patients. The Lodge opens its doors to guests on Wednesday, June 1.
"We recognize that patients and their families go the extra mile to participate in research studies. The Safra Family Lodge goes a long way to make their stay here feel more like home," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. "We hope that this place of kindness will do for adults and their families what the Children's Inn has done for our pediatric population."
Patients from every state in the U.S. and from around the world visit NIH to
participate as partners in medical discovery. In the more than 50 years
since the Clinical Center's opening in 1953, NIH has worked with more than
350,000 participants in clinical studies, designed to further knowledge of
new treatments for disease. Together, scientists, clinicians, and patients
have discovered major advances at the Clinical Center, including t
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