July 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sue Burness, City of Dublin public affairs officer, 614.410.4508,
Karoline Lane, OU-HCOM director of communication, 740.593.2261,
It’s official: Dublin is the
site of new Ohio University medical school extension campus
Aiding education and economic development efforts,
City of Dublin donates surrounding property to Ohio University
– Ohio University and the City of Dublin, Ohio, last week completed
real estate transactions on 60 acres, part of which becomes the site
of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
central Ohio extension campus. The property also includes an area
for the development of education and technology related partnerships
that will support the City of Dublin's envisioned West Innovation
"Ohio University and
its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine hold the promise of
creating jobs and promoting medical and technological development
within Dublin," said City Manager Marsha Grigsby. "We are excited to
see this extension campus bring new jobs and future new doctors to
the region. In addition, the possibility of future, related
bioscience and medical research facilities fits perfectly with our
research and development corridor initiatives and City Council's
goal to create a 21 century learning environment."
The property for the
medical college campus, which includes 14.8 acres and three existing
structures, was purchased for $11 million. The property is located
at 7001-7003 Post Road.
The impetus for the
development of a central Ohio medical school extension campus came
from the April 2011 gift from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.
Funding for the real estate purchase and planned renovations will
come from the $105 million award, one of the largest in the history
of higher education in Ohio and ever given to a U.S. medical school.
The gift will support a number of initiatives developed during the
college's 2010-2011 strategic planning process.
One of the major
initiatives called for the establishment of an extension campus in
central Ohio where medical students will be trained specifically to
address the growing need for primary care physicians, especially in
urban and underserved areas of Ohio where specialists in family
medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics are needed.
"Coupled with the
Foundation's commitment to the greater central Ohio community and
the Ohio University medical college, Dublin's investment becomes
even more significant," said Rick Vincent, president and CEO of the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. "The campus will prove to be an
important asset to the community and will enhance the college's rich
tradition of graduating primary care physicians, the majority of
whom will remain in Ohio."
In a complimentary
transaction, Dublin City Council and Ohio University signed an
economic development agreement, which formalizes Dublin's conveyance
of 46 additional acres surrounding the medical school extension
campus. The property donated to the university is valued at $4.6
"For a community in
central Ohio to give 45 acres of real estate for higher education
purposes is tremendous," said Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio
University. "On behalf of Ohio University, I thank the city of
Dublin, its city council and city manager for this extraordinary
gift. This contribution will pay dividends to the health of our
communities for decades to come. This is an important day in the
history of Ohio University and Dublin."
is developing plans for the acreage donated by the city of Dublin.
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit indicated that the
45 acres provides a unique opportunity to align community and
university priorities. "Our partnership with the city will enhance
our ability to help meet the educational needs of the state while
enhancing economic development goals for Dublin."
Benoit referenced an
economic impact report prepared by consultant Tripp Umbach, noting
that the area will experience both direct and indirect economic
benefits resulting from a medical school extension campus in Dublin.
When the first class graduates in 2018 and the medical school campus
is fully operational, the economic impact is expected to be $26.4
million annually. The endeavor is estimated to create more than 145
jobs and generate more than $1 million in tax revenues for state and
"As we work with
Dublin and other partners in the area to grow education, research
and technology efforts, we anticipate additional job opportunities
and increased revenue for the city and state beyond the initial
estimates associated with the OU-HCOM expansion," said Benoit.
In August 2014, 50
medical students will begin their training at the site, assuming
approvals by the college's accreditation agency, the American
Osteopathic Association Council on Osteopathic College
Accreditation, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association. Each class of 50 students will complete all
four years of their medical school education in central Ohio.
In April 2012, the
Heritage College and OhioHealth announced that they had signed a
definitive agreement that recognizes OhioHealth as the "Preeminent
Education Partner" for the central Ohio extension campus. Under the
agreement, OhioHealth assists the medical school expansion and the
college's class size increase by providing a substantial number of
clinical rotations to support OU-HCOM students. OhioHealth will also
expand residency and fellowship training opportunities throughout
the OhioHealth system, and develop programs to incentivize medical
students to choose a primary care specialty and stay in Ohio to
practice. This agreement does not affect OU-HCOM's and OhioHealth's
training relationships with other institutions.
The Heritage College
leadership will be working closely with the University Office of
Facilities Planning & Space Management on renovations and
improvements to the central Ohio location. Current tenants in the
existing buildings will continue to rent space for a period of time.
The Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in providing patient-centered,
clinically integrated medical education, from pre-medical education
to undergraduate medical education, and on through residency
training, with an emphasis on primary care. Focused research and
community health programs speak to the college's commitment to
improving health and well-being in Ohio communities and quality of
life for patients. Commercialized medical research innovations have
saved patient lives worldwide and placed Ohio University first in
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