Northwood Groundbreaking NEWS ADVISORY: GROUND TO BE BROKEN TUESDAY MORNING FOR NORTHWOOD FACILITY, WILL INCLUDE FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE CENTER Ground will be broken at 10 a.m. Tuesday (7/27) for a new Ohio State University building which will house a family practice medical center and the university's employment offices. Local elected officials and university administrators will make brief remarks at the site of the Northwood facility, two blocks north of the Columbus campus at North High Street and Northwood Avenue. Scheduled speakers include State Rep. Michael Stinziano; Manuel Tzagournis, vice president for health services and dean of the College of Medicine and Linda Tom, vice president for human resources. Mayor Greg Lashutka, Franklin County Commissioner Jack Foulk and other local and OSU officials will also attend. The two-story brick building will house the Rardin Family Practice Center, which will provide residency training for doctors in Ohio State's Department of Family Medicine and bring together programs now located in several areas of the University Hospitals Clinic. It will provide convenient, high quality medical care for the diverse population of the neighborhood. The Rardin Center is named in honor of the late Thomas E. Rardin, an international leader in establishing family practice as a recognized medical specialty. Dr. Rardin, an Ohio State alumnus and faculty member, maintained a private practice in Upper Arlington for 40 years and was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Academy and the American Academy of General Practice. The Northwood facility will also consolidate the university's two employment offices. Currently the professional employment office is located in Archer House and the staff employment office is located on 11th Avenue. Combining the offices is an efficiency move and will aid those seeking employment at the university. In addition, there will be a large activity area available for use by neighborhood groups. The project is scheduled for completion by early 1995. The construction budget includes $4.5 million in state funds and some $376,000 in insurance benefits from a fire that destroyed Northwood School, previous occupant of the site. # Contact: Ruth Gerstner, University Communications, 292-8424. [Submitted by: GERSTNER (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mon, 26 Jul 93 15:19:14 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.