UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Patient & Guest Amenities

Registration/Check-In: Centrally located on each floor and features digital kiosks for quick appointment check-in as well as semi-enclosed registration desks for patient privacy.

Patient Lounge: Comfortable waiting areas with educational materials, a variety of seating arrangements, integrated technology and charging stations.

Café: Onsite grab and go café with prepared snacks and beverages and indoor or outdoor seating.

Rehabilitation Suite: Wheelchair-accessible and features private and open treatment areas, weight-training equipment, a gait-assisted device, a walking track and private therapy rooms.

Outdoor Terrace: Features a variety of walking surfaces that help patients going through rehabilitation.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Suite: Apartment-like setting to assist patients who may need to re-learn everyday tasks and skills following an illness or surgery.

Infusion Suite: Includes multiple types of treatment spaces such as open chairs, flexible spaces with partitions, and private rooms with adjustable lighting.

In-House Pharmacy: Conveniently located to provide fast access to treatment medications.

MRI Caring Suite: Provides a wide array of imaging benefits and is equipped with adjustable lighting and audio and visual elements to create a more relaxing environment for patients.

Clinical Pod: Designed for patient and staff convenience and includes large exam rooms, mobile supply and technology carts, convertible exam room chairs with integrated scales, large monitors, and videoconference technology to include out-of-town family in care conversations.

Auditorium: Space for meetings and continuing education and includes flexible, moveable seating to support a variety of uses, retractable screens, push-button shade system and open breakout space.

Planning and Design

Designed with input from an advisory committee of patients and caregivers as well as physicians, staff and students, this facility addresses the unique needs of patients with neurological conditions—from the parking garage to the exam room.

  • Interior Design: Incorporates calming and refreshing color palettes that feel more like home and avoids bold patterns or reflective surfaces, which might be challenging to patients with balance, sensory or motor issues associated with some neurological disorders.
  • Exterior Design: Features a structured external facade— made of tensile mesh and wrapped on the west, south and east sides of the building—that diffuses light and reduces glare for light-sensitive patients. This three-dimensional sunshade system also provides 56 percent reduction in solar load and provides consistent temperature throughout the building.

Philanthropic Support

  • Fundraising Campaign: The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute outpatient building was made possible by the generosity of the Cincinnati community, including a $14 million gift from the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation, a significant gift from the Farmer Family Foundation, and four community development entities, who allocated $41 million in new market tax credits.
  • Gardner Rookwood Pottery Collection: A unique collection of more than 50 Rookwood pottery pieces painted with portraits of American Indians, some dating back to 1893. Valued at nearly $1 million and previously exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum, this donation from James J. Gardner’s private collection will be a permanent display in the building.