The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial Medical Center will be one of the world’s premiere rehabilitation hospitals. Adult and pediatric patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries will benefit from the state-of-the-art new, 250,000-square-foot facility, which will include indoor and outdoor spaces for patients; patient “apartments” where patients and caregivers can practice new, safe skills before returning home (such as how to lift your loved one from the bath, navigate household hazards, etc.); and many other innovative features. Academic and conference spaces; a fitness center and meditation rooms; and research, diagnostic, and treatment areas are also being planned.
Jackson’s rehabilitation services are already considered among the best in the nation – this new facility will measure up to the quality of care that has long been provided at Jackson. It will also unite the clinical and research work done with the University of Miami, as well as the powerful development and community support of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
With a total cost of nearly $174 million, construction on the rehabilitation hospital is scheduled to begin in summer of 2017, with an anticipated opening of the facility in early 2020. Turner Construction Company is leading the project.
The facility will be modeled after some of the nation’s leading rehabilitation centers and will encompass comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The 100-bed, private-room facility will offer an exemplary inpatient experience for those dealing with some of the most challenging injuries. The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center will also allow proximity to the necessary rehabilitation that accompanies the multiple clinical trials for those dealing with life-altering spinal cord and brain injuries currently led by Miami Project researchers at the medical center.
Christine E. Lynn, whose generous donation of $25 million helped spearhead the fundraising for the center, was on hand to ceremonially break ground on the rehabilitation building. The remaining funds to build the new rehab center will come from a designated portion of the $830 million general obligation bond overwhelmingly supported by Miami-Dade voters in 2013 to upgrade Jackson’s infrastructure and build new facilities.