The Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) has partnered with Henry Ford Health and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to develop a physical medicine and rehabilitation facility in Detroit, Michigan.

The 72-bed facility will be managed by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and cost around $179m to develop.

It will provide inpatient care for individuals recovering from conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

In addition to the rehabilitation facility, the GFF has announced the creation of the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute (NGNRI).

The NGNRI will collaborate with research institutions worldwide to advance research using latest technologies.

It will be located at Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University’s research campus.

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The combined construction and operation of these initiatives are estimated to cost $439m over the course of ten years, with the Gilbert Family Foundation providing nearly $375m in grant funding.

These projects are intended to enhance healthcare access and research opportunities in Detroit.

The GFF is a non-profit founded by Dan and Jennifer Gilbert to help develop a cure for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) while building economic opportunity and equity in Detroit.

The NGNRI facility will be named after the couple’s late son Nick, who was diagnosed with NF1 as a child and supported research into the disease throughout his life.

GFF co-founder Dan Gilbert said: “Through these investments, we aim to enhance access to that same top-notch care for all Detroiters in times of need.

“Jennifer and I are extremely proud to work alongside Henry Ford Health and Michigan State University to play a part in bringing both the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute to Detroit.

“These are important resources for Detroiters and residents across the state, and we are hopeful they will attract the brightest minds and most promising research to our rapidly transforming city.”