WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of today’s “topping off” ceremony in Columbus, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) marked the milestone in the construction project to expand the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. The project has put more than 5,000 Ohioans to work constructing the facility and is expected to create 10,000 full-time jobs by 2014. In December 2010, Brown helped secure $100 million for the project through a competitive grant program created by the health reform law.
“Today’s milestone means OSU is one step closer to opening one of the best medical facilities in the world,” Brown said. “This expansion project advances Columbus’ legacy of medical innovation while creating jobs and boosting our state’s economy.”
Last week, Brown met with Dr. Michael Caligiuri, the Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of OSU’s the James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute, to discuss the impact of the health law funding for the Columbus area as well as the need for continued investment in medical research.
The funding has spurred the largest construction project in University history, which will expand the Wexner Medical Center, including the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Slated to be completed by 2014, the expansion includes a new cancer hospital, critical care tower, outpatient center, research laboratories and classrooms – all designed to advance the Medical Center’s mission to improve people’s lives through innovation in patient care, education, and research.