Five years ago, when the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation awarded Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine a record-setting $105 million, plans for using the money were as ambitious as the gift was historic: boosting primary care; creating an inspired model for community care and education; and strengthening the college in the areas of research, research education and technology transfer.
The Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care in Ohio award – the largest single gift to a college or university in Ohio and the largest in support of primary care – was designed to be truly transformational. And it appears to be fulfilling that promise.
“Almost anywhere you look in this college, you can see the enormous impact this truly transformational gift has had in just five short years, and that it continues to have,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O. “It has enabled us to hone our strategic priorities of collaborative research, community impact, transformative education and all-campus success, and allowed us to operationalize some of our most ambitious and visionary goals. The positive ripples from the OHF’s generosity are going to be improving the health of people in Ohio and beyond for decades to come.”
OHF President and CEO Richard A. Vincent agreed that the college’s use of the award is living up to the high hopes in which it was made. “Five years into the Vision 2020 grant to the Heritage College, we are pleased with the progress to date and remain optimistic about the college having a lasting impact on health care throughout the state of Ohio and beyond,” Vincent said. “We extend commendation to the faculty and staff of Heritage College, and to university leadership, for the accomplishments.”
Through fiscal year 2015-16, $31.75 million of the award has been expended or endowed, leaving a balance of $73.25 million to be disbursed to the college incrementally through 2028.
Over the last five years, some major accomplishments supported by the gift include:
- opening the Dublin campus
- developing scholarship programs
- launching the Office of Rural and Underserved Programs and its Rural and Underserved Scholars Pathways program
- creating the Office of Advanced Studies
- expanding and strengthening the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute and the Diabetes Institute
- setting up a $17 million research endowment
- creating the Clinical and Translational Research Unit
- launching an Office of Primary Care Research
- joining with two other osteopathic medical schools to found the Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- buying a new mobile clinic for the college’s Community Health Programs
- funding or partially supporting the hire of new faculty, staff and researchers
Of the remaining funds, about $31.6 million is allocated for facilities; $14.7 million for scholarships; $3.1 million for research endowments; and $23.8 million for other uses.
Under facilities, $12 million is earmarked for new academic buildings on the Athens campus, with $13.9 million of the remaining funds slated for Dublin campus facilities, and $5.7 million for research facilities. Scholarships expenditure will include $9.3 million in scholarship awards and $5.4 million in scholarship endowments.
In commemoration of the five-year anniversary of the transformational gift, the college placed a brass plaque recognizing OHF for its longtime support outside Grosvenor Hall in Athens. In June 2011 the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved adding “Heritage” to the college’s name.
For additional information on Vision 2020 award, visit the Strategic Initiatives website.