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CLEVELAND, Ohio – MetroHealth is investing $9 million in its Old Brooklyn campus to expand a research center for stroke and spinal injury patients and to bolster its rehabilitation program.

Construction will begin this fall at the campus on Pearl Read south of Memphis Avenue and should be complete by the middle of 2021, the health system said in a news release. Demolition work is already underway.

“This investment in our Old Brooklyn Campus will allow us to strengthen these rehabilitation programs and better serve our patients,” MetroHealth President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros said in the news release.

The project includes new space for MetroHealth’s physical medicine and rehab research program, which is home to the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center. Research at the center focuses on using electrical stimulation therapy to stimulate paralyzed muscles. The goal is to help patients regain mobility and functions after they’ve suffered strokes, spinal cord injuries or neurological impairments.

The FES Center is a partnership with the Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and University Hospitals and draws patients from around the world, the news release says.

The $9 million project also includes new space for MetroHealth’s Rehabilitation Institute, which Newsweek recently recognized as one of the best physical rehab centers in the U.S. The improvements will include a new gym to treat patients who’ve suffered traumatic injuries or strokes, as well as improvements to inpatient rehab spaces.

The additional Rehabilitation Institute space will also allow MetroHealth to relocate some of its physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians from its main campus in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

Finally, the project includes an expansion of MetroHealth’s Red Carpet Care Program at the Old Brooklyn campus. The program offers services to elderly patients at high risk of needing emergency or inpatient care. Patients are given individualized care plans and access to a team of health care workers who ensure they’re getting the services they need to stay healthy.

The Old Brooklyn project comes as MetroHealth is in the midst of a $946 million transformation of its main campus. That project includes a $767 million hospital that is set to be completed in 2022 and begin housing patients in 2023. Earlier this year MetroHealth also opened its Ohio City Health Center at Cleveland’s Urban Community School on Lorain Avenue at West 48th Street.


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