Brown, Sebelius, and Gee are Joined by Central Ohio Worker to Discuss Economic Boost from OSU’s Largest-Ever Construction Project
COLUMBUS, OH- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, and The Ohio State University President Gordon Gee gave a progress report on the construction of a project to expand the OSU’s Wexner Medical Center in Columbus today. A formerly jobless worker who was hired because of the construction project joined Brown, Sebelius, and Gee for a tour and update on the construction.
“OSU’s Project One will be the national model in health workforce development and medical innovation,” Brown said. “This expansion project advances OSU’s legacy of medical innovation while creating thousands of jobs in central Ohio. This is an investment at the right place and at the right time – showing why our universities and health systems are the best in the world.”
“Investments like Project One will help sustain U.S. leadership in higher education and biomedical research for years to come,” Sec. Sebelius said. “This investment will ensure we can out-educate and out-innovate our competitors around the world, and it creates the jobs we need for an economy built to last.”
“Because of this strategic investment in Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, hundreds of new positions will be created that will further our vital work in radiation oncology,” Gee said. “Because of this grant, countless new patients and their families will benefit from the highest possible level of care for generations to come.”
The project has put more than 5,000 Ohioans to work and is expected to create 10,000 full-time jobs by 2014. In December 2010, OSU received $100 million through a competitive grant program created by the Affordable Care Act.
The funding jump started the largest construction project in University history, which expands 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.