USF Dedicates Downtown Tampa Site of New Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute
The transformative initiative for USF will be a key anchor in a thriving downtown redevelopment project.
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2015) – The University of South Florida officially dedicated the site of its new Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa during a special ceremony on Tuesday morning.
USF System President Judy Genshaft and Senior Vice President for USF Health Dr. Charles Lockwood were joined by Jeff Vinik of Strategic Property Partners (SPP), Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, state legislators, members of the Florida Board of Governors, local business leaders and numerous other supporters of the project.
In June, the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott supported plans for the new co-located facility by including $17 million in the annual state budget. The new MCOM and Heart Institute, which will be built with a combination of state and private dollars, have received a total of about $57 million in state funding and $18 million in private donations to this point. The total cost of the project is $153 million.
“As a research university, it is our responsibility to support the economic development and vitality of the communities we serve through world-class education and research,” Genshaft said. “Along with our partners in the Tampa Bay region and across the state, we look forward to the transformative impact this project will make for generations to come.”
Located at the corner of South Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive, the new facility is part of a $2 billion real estate development by SPP, the jointventure between Cascade Investment, LLC, and Vinik. The group is developing 40 acres in downtown Tampa into a multi-use, urban waterfront district that will promote a walkable, sustainable, healthy environment for downtown Tampa residents, workers, students and visitors.
The downtown site will position the medical school in close proximity to USF Health’s primary teaching and clinical affiliate, Tampa General Hospital, as well as its world-class simulation center, the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and other surrounding facilities. The investment also strengthens the university’s presence in downtown Tampa’s business district and allows USF Health to simultaneously expand essential educational and research programs at its main campus location.
“Today is a day of celebration marking a significant milestone in our college’s history. In all my years of academic medicine, I’ve never seen such strong support for a medical school by virtually every segment of our community,” Dr. Lockwood said. “I’m incredibly grateful for the support we have here at USF and in Tampa Bay, and for the wonderful people who share our belief that the work being done at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is absolutely critical. Together, we are building a future in downtown Tampa that will enhance our entire academic program for the next generation of physicians and health care professionals, and improve care delivery for patients and their families.”
Co-locating the USF Health Heart Institute with the new MCOM building downtown will also enhance recruitment of top cardiovascular researchers, support clinical and translational research opportunities to advance public health, increase MCOM’s National Institutes of Health funding levels and improve the rankings of MCOM and USF’s partner, TGH.