Trustees Construction Projects, Other Business
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLANS EXPANDING CLINIC TO WEST CAMPUS COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University is planning to design and build a comprehensive ambulatory medical care facility somewhere on the western part of the Columbus campus. The Board of Trustees on Wednesday (9/1) voted to select architectural and engineering firms as necessary to choose a site and design the facility. University Hospitals officials estimate the total project cost at about $21,250,000. Last month, the Hospitals Board approved $1.75 million in planning funds for the work. Larry Anstine, administrative director of clinics and practice plan services, said the building would relieve pressure on the existing clinic at 456 W. 10th Ave., which is fully occupied and located in a congested area. A West Campus clinic would allow patients to travel more easily to receive consultation and treatment. "We're looking at building a multi-specialty ambulatory clinic. The firms that we're looking at will help us evaluate the site as well as plan the programming and design of the actual facility," Anstine said. The concept is for a core of hospital ancillary services such as X-ray, laboratory, and pharmacy, to go with office space for physicians to see their patients. "We've maxed out in the space we have in the current clinic building," Anstine said. "We'd like to build a new facility that is more patient friendly, easy for the patients to get to, with adequate surface parking." To be decided is which parts of the existing clinic will stay and which will move to West Campus. Anstine said he hopes to see the new clinic open within three and a half years. OHIO STATE TO CONSTRUCT PARK, PARKING LOT Trustees also voted to seek bids for construction of: ~ A parking lot near LeFevre Hall on the Newark Regional Campus, ~ An outdoor park on Cannon Drive on the Columbus Campus to accommodate active and passive recreation and structured programs for the patients of Dodd Hall, and ~ Improvements to Stewart House, 231 W. 10th Ave., including a new electrical system, a renovated kitchen, minor cosmetic improvements, and access for people with disabilities. The house will be used as a treatment center for pregnant drug abusers. Total project costs, including construction, are estimated at $194,000 in campus funds for the Newark project; $224,900 for the park, and $150,000 for Stewart House. Funding for the last two projects is being provided by University Hospitals. TRUSTEES SELL LAND, GRANT EASEMENTS In other actions, the board: ~ Voted to sell for $3,890 a small strip of land along 460 Havens Corners Road in front of a MedOhio facility to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which plans to use it to make road improvements. ~ Granted easements for strips of land to Ohio Bell Telephone Co. for 15 years at 1275 Kinnear Road, to Tiger Oil Inc. for a 15-year renewal period at the Eastern Ohio Resource Development Center; to Columbus Southern Power Co. for 15 years for relocating electric pole lines due to the Hamilton and Havens Corners Road improvement, and to Evelyn E. Gonawein for a 15-year renewal period for driveway access to her land adjoining the Vegetable Crops Branch of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center on Sandusky County Road 43. TRUSTEES CREATE NAMED FUNDS, HEAR DEVELOPMENT REPORT Trustees created the Irene D. Hirsch Chair in Ophthalmology to provide a faculty position for a distinguished researcher in diseases and treatment of the eyes. The chair was funded with $1.3 million from the estate of Irene D. Hirsch (B.S. Ed '26). Trustees also created 10 new endowed funds, created with private gifts to the university. They are: The Dr. Samuel T. and Lois Felts Mercer Professorship in Medicine and Pharmacology Fund, $286,877; The Barbara Brentlinger Fergus Athletic Scholarship Fund for Women's Basketball, $100,000; The Phyllis Krumm Memorial Internationla Scholarship Fund, $58,165; The Grayce M. Sills Professorship Fund (nursing), $25,914; The John Meagher, M.D. Lectureship Fund in Neurosurgery, $23,000; The Tuscarawas County 4-H Endowment Fund, $17,240; The Dr. Norman Baker Athletic Scholarship Fund, $15,000; The Demkee Dental Athletic Provider Award, $15,000; The Louis Miller Scholarship Fund in Pharmacy, $15,000; and the R.E."Jim" Snelson Scholarship Fund (dentistry), $15,000. Trustees heard a report from Vice President for Development Jerry May on private fund-raising during the 1992-93 fiscal year. A total of $89.2 million was received from 80,403 donors. The total is 25 percent above the preceding year and does not include a cartoon collection valued at $9 million. Donations were up in every category of giver, with alumni leading the way with a 79 percent increase. Support was given to the endowment fund, $23.4 million; buildings and equipment, $7 million; programs, $47.9 million; student financial aid, $3 million; college and department annual funds, $6.4 million; and university annual fund, $1.2 million. The board expressed their appreciation to Alva T. Bonda and Anita S. Ward for their service to and support of higher education as members of the Ohio Board of Regents. # CONTACT: Larry Anstine, University Hospitals, (614) 293-8003, or Tom Spring, University Communications, (614) 292-8309. 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