Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

September 18, 2007

Missouri Rehabilitation Center celebrates centennial

Former Sen. Emory Melton speaking about MRC

University of Missouri Health Care’s Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC) in Mt. Vernon, Mo., celebrated its 100-year anniversary Saturday, Sept. 8. The day-long event included a parade, food, entertainment and prizes. Sen. Jack Goodman (R-Mt.Vernon) and Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-Mt. Vernon) presented proclamations from the Missouri Senate and House. Former State Sens. Emory Melton and Morris Westfall also spoke about the center’s move toward a rehabilitation mission and its transfer to the University of Missouri in 1996.

Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-Mt. Vernon) presents a House Resolution to MRC officials

The institution was opened in 1907 as the Missouri State Sanatorium to treat tuberculosis. In 1971, the Missouri General Assembly expanded the mission of the institution to include all types of pulmonary and cardiac problems. It later expanded the mission again to include those who were seriously impaired through accident or injury, but who had the capacity to improve through extensive rehabilitation. In 1996, the General Assembly transferred ownership to University of Missouri Health Care. MRC is now a center of excellence benefiting from the use of new technology, research and education. The use of telemedicine gives physicians the ability to provide live consultations through interactive television without transferring the patient from the hospital. It also enjoys a partnership with the U. S. Veterans Administration as an outpatient clinic, serving as a satellite of the Fayetteville, AR. VA Hospital. For more information about MRC and the services available, go to: