Dublin, Ohio site to be negotiated,
for medical school campus
Athens, OH) The Ohio University Board of Trustees today voted
unanimously to approve a resolution to negotiate and acquire real
estate for the development of the Ohio University Heritage College
of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) central Ohio extension campus. The
property is located at 7001-7003 Post Road in Dublin, Ohio.
The property, which includes
14.847 acres of land and three existing structures, will be
purchased for $11,000,000 by
“We are in an important and
exciting transition in the life of Ohio University,” said Sandra
Anderson, chair of the Board’s resource committee. “Our student
trustees on the board will be able to say, ‘I was there when we
decided to open a medical school campus in Columbus.”
“This will be an ideal
location to prepare first- and second- year medical students for
their third- and fourth-year rotations at community hospitals
throughout central Ohio,” said John A. Brose, D.O., executive dean
for health affairs at Ohio University and dean of OU-HCOM.
Beginning in August 2014, 50
medical students are slated to train at this site. The campus
and its curriculum will address the growing need for primary care
physicians, especially in urban and underserved areas of the region.
According to Dr. Brose, the
site was selected based upon criteria developed in collaboration
with a university selection team, and assisted by central Ohio real
estate legal counsel appointed by the Ohio Attorney General. A
number of criteria were used to select the site. Among them were
safety of students, location in proximity to the college’s
partnering training hospitals, and the cost to acquire the property
and either remodel or build within the college’s timeline.
"This is an historic day for Ohio University,”
said Roderick J. McDavis, president of Ohio University.
“The opportunity to expand the reach of our mission in this way is
made possible by the transformational gift from The Osteopathic
Heritage Foundations. Strengthened by this gift, we will be able to
positively change more lives."
Funding for the purchase was
made available from the April 2011 gift to the college from the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. The $105 million gift supports
many initiatives developed during the college’s 2010-2011 strategic
planning process, including initiatives to reengineer primary care
education and service to Ohio; to enhance the college’s community
care programs; and to expand our medical research and research
“Identifying a home for the
central Ohio campus is a significant step in the medical college’s
plan to enhance access to primary care physicians,” said Richard
Vincent, president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.
“Having a specific location for the campus provides a physical
demonstration of the progress being made in implementing the
college’s strategic plan. The campus site is in a safe, convenient
and welcoming community, providing opportunities for expansion.”
The Foundations’ gift is the
largest gift ever given to a public institution of higher education
in Ohio and the fourth largest gift ever given to a U.S. medical
Dr. Brose noted that this
new campus is built upon the college’s longstanding relationship
with OhioHealth’s Doctors Hospital and other hospital partners in
The college will be working
closely with the Ohio University Office of Facilities Planning &
Space Management on the renovations and improvements necessary to
accommodate the college’s physician training programs.