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Brain Institute to take first patient Monday


Leila Navidi

Construction continues in July on the Frank Gehry-designed building that will house the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.

Lou Ruvo Brain Institute Exterior

Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Launch slideshow »

The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute will see its first patient Monday morning, according to Maureen Peckman, CEO of Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the institute.

The patient side of the two-part center is mostly finished, but the nonpatient side — designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry — will not open until January.

The land and building of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Brain Institute are valued at $100 million. The center is the brainchild of liquor distributor Larry Ruvo, whose father, Lou, died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1994.

Within a year, the clinic expects to have 2,000 patients, and it is designed to eventually see 8,000 a year, according to Dr. Randolph Schiffer, director of the Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic.

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