The University of Kansas Medical Center will create a new center to help those with multiple sclerosis improve their physical and emotional health as well as lifestyle.
KU announced Wednesday morning that an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation would help fund the project.
A former day care facility at 3503 Rainbow Blvd. will be renovated to house the new Comprehensive Center for Multiple Sclerosis Care.
The new center will serve between 100 and 125 participants weekly.
“Our goal is to help patients with multiple sclerosis and their families have the best quality of life that they possibly can,” said Dr. Sharon Lynch, professor of neurology, in a statement. Dr. Lynch will serve as director of the center.
Center partners include the Mid America MS Achievement Center, the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, KU Medical Center, the National MS Society and Turning Point.
Services will include group counseling and psychology, physical and occupational therapy, recreational therapy and opportunities to participate in research studies.
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease of the central nervous system with no known cure.