We have visited and revisited the spaces in the new building as a team -- with a focus on how to enrich our mission for the families and clients we serve. The emphasis has not been on which department gets how much space or windows or amenities, but on creating spaces that are inviting and family-friendly; on reinforcing our pledge to uphold the "f-words: fun, function, family, friends, fitness and future!" Of course, departments instinctively tend to vie for prime real estate, but cross-departmental efforts to ensure that individual departmental needs serve a larger vision, including thinking more broadly about multiple-use spaces, is apparent. The excitement for shared, collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary space is tangible!
Although services will not begin in the new location until 2020, we at MMI are excited about the possibilities at the new location. As MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., has said, collaborative spaces build collaborative teams and this effort will drive MMI to the next level in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. And, it lays the foundation for the next generation of providers by creating a rich environment for training and research.
It's an exciting time! The possibilities are becoming a reality!