A grant maker has given Ohio University $105-million to pursue an ambitious expansion of its medical school, The Columbus Dispatch writes.
The donation by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, in Columbus, is the largest ever private gift to an Ohio institution of higher learning. The first, $29-million installment will support a new medical campus in Columbus, set to open in 2014 and focused on graduating primary-care physicians to practice in central Ohio.
Additional payments will finance a diabetes research and treatment center at Ohio University’s main Athens campus, an institute to study musculoskeletal and neurological diseases, and scholarships for students who commit to working in underserved Ohio communities.
The projects are part of a $300-million expansion of the university’s medical programs.