September 1, 2016

Brain and Spine Hospital COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will hold a free community open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 to showcase the new Brain and Spine Hospital in the former Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, 300 W. 10th Ave. 

Media are invited tour the facility at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 with neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Rezai, director of Ohio State’s Neurological Institute, and Amanda Lucas, executive director of clinical operations of the Neurological Institute. Media are also invited to cover the community open house on Sept. 11. 

Media are asked to call Media Relations at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover these events.

A $17.6 million renovation transformed the lobby and three additional floors to centralize the clinical enterprise of Ohio State’s Neurological Institute and provide advanced clinical services and innovative research to improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological diseases.

The 87-bed Brain and Spine Hospital, which officially opens on Sept. 30, will feature private rooms and specialized units for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, degenerative spine, movement disorders, epilepsy, ALS/neuromuscular, acute rehab, general neuro and neuro trauma, along with neuromodulation/deep brain stimulation (DBS), pain and sleep disorders. The hospital will meet the growing need for services for patients with neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke and many others. 

The Brain and Spine Hospital will create a “neurological cluster” of disease-specific subspecialty units where multidisciplinary teams will provide comprehensive, coordinated and efficient care. 

Ohio State’s Neurological Institute is a University-wide initiative involving 14 colleges – including engineering, business, dentistry, social work, nursing and pharmacy –  along with Nationwide Children’s  Hospital,  that are collaborating with Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center in areas of neuroscience and brain research. The Neurological Institute includes almost 200 physician and research faculty from neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

More than 50 million people in the United States and more than a billion worldwide are affected by the more than 1,000 disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. The number of individuals challenged by neurological disorders is increasing due to the aging population, longer life expectancies and the rising incidence of chronic diseases. 

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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737,