OSU Medical Center awarded $100M for expansion

Ohio State University received a $100 million grant to help fund the expansion of OSU Medical Center in the largest construction project in university history, announced the benefactor, the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The federal funds will support ProjectONE's $1 billion expansion plans to add radiation oncology and associated cancer services to the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, reports TTKN News.

"This unprecedented project will bring thousands of new jobs to Central Ohio and further cement our state's leadership in providing the highest quality of medical care," said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who wrote a letter in support of the school's grant application.

According to OSU officials, the expansion project will create more than 10,000 full-time jobs in Ohio by 2015, with 6,000 of them at the medical center.

What's more, the grant will enable OSU to treat more cancer patients, and enhance OSU's mission to unify clinical care, research facilities and education on each floor to optimize patient care.

OSU won the funds through a competitive grant program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and was the sole recipient. The ProjectONE expansion is expected to be completed by 2014 and includes a new cancer hospital, critical care tower, outpatient center, research laboratories and classrooms.

For more:
- read The Lantern article
- read the TTKN News article
- here's the press release