Brooks Rehabilitation

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

1969


A growing population and a shortage of hospital beds in Jacksonville, Fla., was the catalyst for J. Brooks Brown, MD, and fellow physicians to construct Memorial Hospital in 1969. It opens with 99 beds, and Dr. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board.

March

1970


Cathedral Rehabilitation Hospital celebrates its grand opening in Jacksonville, Fla.

Memorial Regional Rehabilitation Center

September

1982


Dr. Brown oversees Memorial’s acquisition of bed licenses from Cathedral Rehabilitation, establishing the area’s only hospital-based rehabilitation facility - Memorial Regional Rehabilitation Center.

October

1983


The organization moves to the renovated north wing of the new Memorial Medical facility.

Healthcare Plaza

June

1993


The first rehabilitation outpatient center is established within Memorial Healthcare Plaza.

Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital

May

1994


Memorial Rehabilitation Center becomes Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital and celebrations occur commemorating the opening of a freestanding, independent rehabilitation hospital.

June

1995


Memorial Hospital is sold to HCA. The rehabilitation hospital is not part of the sale and is renamed Genesis Rehabilitation Hospital.

1997


The building that houses the College of Health at the University of North Florida is named J. Brooks Brown Hall in honor of Dr. Brown's contributions to healthcare in Jacksonville.

January

1999


Genesis Rehabilitation is renamed Brooks Rehabilitation as a tribute to founder J. Brooks Brown, MD.

Brooks USF

January

1999


Researchers from the University of Florida College of Public Health & Health Professions begin to conduct research at Brooks.

Brooks Rehabilitation

October

2002


Doug Baer becomes president and CEO after Dr. Brown retires.

Brooks College of Health.

March

2006


Brooks Rehabilitation donates $3.6 million to the College of Health at the University of North Florida. This gift, combined with a 1996 gift, results in the naming of the College as the "Brooks College of Health".

2007


The Brooks Residency and Fellowship Program is implemented.

June

2008


Brooks begins offering home health as a service with the acquisition of Home Care Advantage.

Brooks administration building.

July

2009


The Brooks Administration building opens, the first certified green building on a healthcare campus in Northeast Florida.

Bartram Park campus groundbreaking.

May

2012


Groundbreaking for the 115-acre Bartram Campus occurs.

skilled nursing facility

Summer

2013


The Bartram Park campus opens, adding additional service lines to the system of care with a Skilled Nursing Facility (Bartram Crossing), an assisted living facility (Bartram Lakes) and two Green House® 12-bed memory care homes.

October

2014


The groundbreaking for University Crossing, a three-story, 111-bed skilled nursing facility occurs.

2015


Brooks’ home health services expand with the acquisition of Americare.

College of Health Sciences

May

2015


The College of Health Sciences at Jacksonville University is named the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences in honor of the largest single gift in the history of the College and in gratitude for Brooks Rehabilitation's ongoing support totaling $4 million over several years.

Helen's House

October

2017


Helen’s House, patient and family housing, opens in memory of Helen Brown, wife of J. Brooks Brown, MD.

Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center

March

2018


Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center launches, offering the world’s first advanced robotic treatment device - Hybrid Assisted Limb - with demonstrated results to improve a patient’s ability to walk.

50th anniversary

2020


Brooks Rehabilitation celebrates its 50th anniversary!

Brooks system of care.

2020


The Brooks system of care treats more than 55,000 patients from across the globe at more than 60 locations throughout Florida.

2022


The expected opening of the new 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation inpatient hospital on the Bartram campus.