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Omaha’s Munroe-Meyer Institute cuts ribbon on new home

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:58 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Munroe-Meyer Institute held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at its new home at 6902 Pine St.

Dr. Karoly Mirnics, director of the institute, said in a news release the building near the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Scott Campus is “a dream come true.”

The Munroe–Meyer institute has been a part of the Omaha community for more than a century, serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental needs.

Parents like Susan Gass have been taking their children here for years.

“It has just given my son such a great social outlook. He is 15 and has Down syndrome and he’s been coming to Camp Monroe and other rec therapy programs for nine years,” said Gass.

This upgrade will be able to better serve families with new state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

“With this new building, MMI is positioned as never before to support the intellectual and developmental disability community as it strives for awareness, acceptance and opportunity,” Dr. Mimics said.

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The institute’s mission is to be a worldwide leader in improving the lives of people with complex health care needs, their families, and their communities.

“This will become a place that people not only across the state but in a multi-state region and indeed even across the nation and possibly people from other parts of the world will come to have a special diagnosis made,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a statement the building is new, but the core mission of the institute is the same.

“Partnering with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to overcome challenges ... to live fuller, richer lives.”

Major contributors to the effort include the Weitz Family Foundation, the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation, the Lozier Foundation, the Hattie B. Monroe Foundation, Clarkson Regional Health Services, the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation, the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, and the Holland Foundation.

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