On August 26, UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., Munroe-Meyer Institute Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D. and President and CEO University of Nebraska Foundation Brian F. Hastings welcomed friends of MMI to a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the new home of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation.
Munroe-Meyer Institute Groundbreaking Press Kit
August 26, 2019
In 2020, the Munroe-Meyer Institute will open the doors to its new home inside the former First Data building near the University of Nebraska at Omaha Scott Campus. The new building will allow MMI to better serve our patient population and their families. The generosity of our amazing philanthropic community makes this dream possible. Words cannot express how much their support means to us, and our shared vision is something we greatly cherish. On behalf of MMI staff, patients and families – THANK YOU.
The building will house new programs, such as the Caring For Champions Program, a collaboration with Special Olympics that will provide vision and dental services and a weight management program. There will be a redesigned and integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD), where MMI professionals will provide interdisciplinary care, pulling together the various services to streamline the clinical experience for patients.
As part of increased adult services, the new facility will house a one-bedroom “apartment,” where occupational therapists can help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities learn hands-on life skills.
“I’m ecstatic about our budding assistive/adaptive technologies program and our close proximity to the Peter Kiewit Institute, which will allow us to work with University of Nebraska at Omaha engineering students on developing and implementing novel technologies along the lines of mobility – basically movement and assisted movement – virtual reality, and communication for individuals who are non-verbal,” said MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D.
“Ultimately, we can never forget the importance of patient experience, and the new building will better serve that purpose,” he said. “It is being built and organized with an idea of being patient- and family-centric. Clients will not be running from department to department – their care will have no departmental boundaries."