COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The final beam was lifted into place at the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center under construction on The Ohio State University medical campus. When completed, the 21-floor, $1.1-billion hospital will be one of the 15 tallest hospitals in the country.
During the past several weeks, the beam was on tour in Columbus and signed by thousands of supporters of Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.
The Wexner Medical Center topping out ceremony also marked a dramatic change to the state of Ohio. This facility, that will provide state-of-the-art care for patients, will have a tremendous economic impact on Columbus and the state of Ohio.
The Wexner Medical Center Expansion is the largest construction effort in the history of The Ohio State University. Already, the expansion is putting jobs back into the hands of Central Ohio residents. It has created 5,000 full-time construction jobs and it will create 6,000 permanent research and healthcare professional positions.
Additional spending by The Ohio State University, its faculty, staff and visitors will create 4,000 indirect, full-time jobs for Ohioans. Once completed, the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center will generate $1.7 billion in annual economic impact to Ohio's economy by 2015.
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