A non-profit agency that helps people recover from traumatic brain injury is moving along on a major expansion that will significantly increase the center's capacity to provide outpatient and residential care.
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
in Mason is slated to open a new six-bed assisted living home as well as unveil an expanded clinic area in April 2016. Renovations to the existing clinic are on track for a July finish.
The $3.5 million expansion began in June 2015 and will add 40 percent more residential capacity to Origami's transitional and long-term care programs. A new six-bed residence featuring 6,000-square feet of private, home-style space will enable Origami to offer an assisted living option to complement the center's current neuro-rehab and semi-independent living programs. The 4,000-square foot clinical expansion and renovation includes an advanced therapy gym, improved multi-purpose space and upgraded offices.
"This expansion allows us to treat more people and to grow as a leader in the region's brain injury rehabilitation community," says Brent Taylor, business manager of Origami. "More people are seeking the type of care we offer, and the more resources we have, the more successful we can be in restoring quality of life to our patients, whether their injuries are mild to severe."
Located on 35 wooded acres on Sandhill Road in Mason, Origami serves about 200 clients on an outpatient basis each year. The existing facility has 16 beds to accommodate patients needing long-term residential care or transitional rehabilitation care, as well as six semi-independent living apartments for individuals needing some degree of care and supervision. The expansion and related projects, says Taylor, will create about 20 jobs. Origami currently employs 75 people.
Origami operates in partnership with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Peckham, Inc. In addition to the expansion, the center recently received an $8,000 grant through the Capital Region Community Foundation toward the purchase of advanced vision therapy equipment to further broaden the center's comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation services.
Source: Brent Taylor, Business Development Manager, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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