COLUMBUS, OH – On Friday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined community leaders and representatives from The Ohio State University to celebrate the dedication of The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. More than 5,000 Ohioans have found work constructing the facility, and the project is expected to create 4,000 full-time jobs in Central Ohio, including 1,000 permanent research and healthcare professional positions at the medical center alone. The project was made possible through $100 million in funds from the health law.
“With this new hospital, Ohio is changing the face of cancer research and treatment – and giving hope to so many patients and their families,” Brown said. “That’s why I was so proud to work to pass the health care law and bring this $100 million investment to Ohio and to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. This project will create nearly 4,000 local jobs and build on OSU’s legacy as a leader in medical research, innovation, and discovery.”
In December 2010, Brown helped secure $100 million for the project through a competitive grant program created by the health law. The funding enabled Ohio State to undertake its largest construction project in the University’s history, expanding the Wexner Medical Center and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. This expansion includes a new cancer hospital, critical care tower, outpatient center, and research laboratories and classrooms – all designed to advance the medical center’s mission to improve lives through innovation in patient care, education, and research.
In February 2012, Brown joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) former Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and then President Gordon Gee to tour the ongoing construction project.