Dublin ribbon cutting

Representatives from Ohio University and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations cut a ribbon at the college gate during Saturday’s official opening for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin.

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The Ohio University Marching 110 entertains the crowd to start the opening celebration.

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Rick Vincent, president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations; Tom Anderson, D.O., a Heritage College graduate practicing in central Ohio; and Hooman Hamedani, a first-year student from the Heritage College, Dublin, celebrate on Saturday.

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Ohio University celebrates new medical school campus in central Ohio


Hundreds of people from throughout the state joined with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for a weekend of activities designed to commemorate the opening of its new Dublin Campus last weekend.

The main event on Saturday, Aug. 23, drew more than 500 people to the new campus for a day of celebration and tours. Calling the event a day that was “years in the making,” Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., said the “stunning” campus is only the most visible part of a much larger transformation for the college.

“We are transforming osteopathic medical education and realizing our vision of being the national leader in training osteopathic primary care physicians,” he said.

The new campus is on the site of a former business park, which was purchased from the City of Dublin in 2012 for $11 million and renovated into a modern medical school. The campus was made possible in part by a transformational $105 million gift from the Ohio Heritage Foundations, aimed at increasing the number of primary care physicians who practice in Ohio.

Richard A. Vincent, president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, recalled that it’s been less than five years since Jack Brose, D.O., then dean of the medical college, first approached him about the grant that enabled the expansion. “For an academic institution to accomplish this much in one college in a little over four years is like the Starship Enterprise traveling at warp speed,” he marveled.

David P. Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth, also expressed wonder at the speed of the transformation. “Stuff doesn’t happen this fast without having a good, solid vision that people can get behind,” he said. OhioHealth, the college’s preeminent education partner for the Dublin Campus, has guaranteed rotation slots in its area facilities for all Dublin students.

Classes at the new campus, the first new regional campus for Ohio University in nearly six decades, began July 9, when the first cohort of 50 students arrived. Another new Heritage College campus is scheduled to open next year in northeast Ohio in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.  

The new campuses in Dublin and Cleveland will help the college better fulfill its mission of training more primary care physicians to meet the health care needs of citizens in Ohio. The Heritage College tops the state in the percentage of medical school graduates who practice in primary care specialties and who practice in Ohio.  

Dublin Campus Dean William J. Burke, D.O., a 1988 graduate of the college, offered himself as an example of the type of student the new campus was created to serve. “I grew up in central Ohio,” he said. “I graduated from this college. I’m a primary care physician, and I decided to stay in Ohio to practice.”

During Saturday’s opening celebration, kicked off by a performance from the Ohio University Marching 110 band, the college recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations that helped make its new campus a reality.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., noted that “with its excellent health care systems and physicians, central Ohio has played a very important role in our success. With this new campus, we intend to strengthen our relationships even more.”

Pam Benoit, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Ohio University, noted that the new medical school campus is just part of a larger expansion for the University. The City of Dublin gifted the University 46 acres of land surrounding the Heritage College campus, which will house an expansion of the College of Health Sciences and Professions. “Our intent is a transformation in medical and health education that works with health care providers to best meet patient needs,” she said.

Also offering remarks were Dublin Mayor Michael H. Keenan and Ohio University Trustee K.B. Lake. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Steve Stivers presented letters of congratulations to the college to commemorate the new campus opening.

After ribbon-cuttings at various spaces in the campus’ three buildings, guests toured the facilities and their many high-tech features, including some that connect students and faculty in Dublin with their peers in Athens, as well as with other physicians and educators throughout the state.

By using high-tech tools and teaching students to lead multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals, the Heritage College is preparing professionals to succeed in today’s medical environment, Dr. Johnson said. “But while the way we educate our students is changing, our commitment to training osteopathic physicians who provide compassionate care remains steadfast.”

The weekend’s celebration began on Friday, Aug. 22, with a thank you lunch on the Dublin Campus for faculty and staff from the Heritage College’s Athens and Dublin campuses. Activities concluded on Monday, Aug. 25, when 84 Heritage College alumni and friends took to the links in the college's inaugural Dublin Open at Tartan Fields Golf Club.

The golf outing, which the college plans to make an annual event, raised more than $20,000 for scholarships for Heritage College students.

This article was provided by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Office of Communication.