Omaha, Neb. – Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s Omaha campus is the beneficiary of a memorial named in architect Michael Graves’ honor. Graves passed away Thursday at the age of 80.
DLR Group, Omaha, in association with Michael Graves and Associates, led the architectural and engineering team for the new hospital being built near 175th Plaza and Burke Streets. Graves is an internationally recognized designer who believed in Madonna’s mission and vision to rebuild lives using world-class technology, translational research and family-like culture.
“We are very saddened that Michael did not live to help cut the ribbon on our hospital in Omaha. We feel honored to have known him. His joy, creativity and genius were unparalleled,” said Marsha Lommel, Madonna president and CEO.
Graves was a national speaker and advocate for patients’ rights. In 2012, the Center for Health Design named Michael Graves one of the 25 most influential people in health care design. In 2013, President Obama appointed Graves to the United States Access Board.
Memorials will be used to help build the rehabilitation hospital that Graves designed and where he will be honored with a permanent naming opportunity. The innovative $93 million dollar hospital will feature Graves’ designed furniture in rooms that are equipped with voice activated environmental control systems.
This project was very close to Graves’ heart. The vision of the facility puts patient and family needs at the forefront of design.
With the hospital in Lincoln at capacity, the 110-bed Omaha facility will offer the metro area a continuum of physical rehabilitation care. Madonna has served patients from 45 states over the past five years, referred from hundreds of different hospitals.
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the nation's foremost facilities for medical rehabilitation and research. Specializing in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, pulmonary and pediatric rehabilitation, Madonna offers hope and healing to thousands of patients from throughout the country each year.
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 5401 South Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506; 402-413-3000; www.Madonna.org.
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