Dr. Steven Gabbe, CEO of the OSU Medical Center, said that a recently announced $100 million grant is all about hope.

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week that Ohio State's Medical Center will receive a $100 million grant to support the largest construction project in university history.

Dr. Michael Caligiuri told Gabbe the worst three words for anyone to hear are: You have cancer.

"It's even worse to say: You have cancer and we don't have room for you at the James," Gabbe told The Lantern Monday.

"This grant is about hope because it means more people will be treated right here at OSU. With higher capacity, more people can be treated, more people can benefit."

The funds will allow for the addition of radiation oncology and associated cancer services, according to a Medical Center press release on Dec. 29. The grant also funds the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

ProjectONE, OSU med center's $1 billion expansion project, won the grant through a competitive program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. OSU was the only institution to win the award.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown wrote a letter with former Ohio Sen. George Voinovich in support of the grant application.

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