On December 29, 2010, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, announced The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as the sole recipient of a $100 million grant to help fund its expansion efforts. This grant was awarded through a competitive a grant program crated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in march 2010. It represents the largest single award ever received by Ohio State and will significantly enhance the Medical Center's research competitiveness on a national scale through world class research efforts and creation of an unparalleled patient care environment.
The central component of this expansion effort will be construction of a new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute. the expansion will include a critical care tower, outpatient center, research laboratories and classrooms. Specifically, the funds received from the HRSA grant will allow for the addition of radiation oncology and will significantly increase patient capacity at The James. Further, the unique design of the new facility, unifying clinical care, research, and education on each floor, will optimize the ability of The James to deliver the highest quality and safest care to its patients.
Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, calls the funding a victory for cancer patients. "As the world's leading killer, cancer strikes one in tow men and one in three women. By providing funding for expanded access to leading edge cancer treatment at The James, the federal government is underscoring the critical need to win the war against cancer and put an end to a disease that has cost us dearly. It is, indeed, time to cure cancer. by expanding Ohio State's cancer facilities, we are moving closer to a cancer-free world," says Caligiuri.
Ohio State University is extremely grateful for the bipartisan support of the Ohio congressional delegation in helping Ohio State win this award. Several members of the Ohio delegation signed letters
to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expressing their support for this project.
Slated to be completed in 2014, the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Tower is expected to strengthen the University and the state economy by creating 10,000 jobs and attracting the best and brightest students, doctors and scientists to Ohio. It is the largest expansion project in University history.