Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) honored forty years of education, research and service to the community this morning as it kicked off its 40th Anniversary with the dedication of two new campus building projects: a Research and Graduate Education Building and The Village at NEOMED, a residential housing community.
Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor for the State of Ohio, served as keynote speaker for the event. Also included were: Senator John Eklund; Representative Kathleen Clyde; Portage County Commissioner Kathleen Chandler; Mary Woolley, president of Research!America; and Anthony Manna, chairman and CEO of Signet Enterprises.
“Forty years ago, a group of educators and elected officials - visionaries - from different areas in Northeast Ohio collaborated to start something unique that would help to address the shortage of physicians in Ohio while building on the resources of universities and teaching hospitals located in the region, “ said Jay A, Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of NEOMED. “Over the years NEOMED has grown from a single college to a university … from a commuter school to a residential campus. We are Northeast Ohio’s medical university, preparing health care professionals for this region of 4.2 million people. Everything we do is in partnership. We collaborate with and leverage the resources of seven universities, 24 hospitals and hundreds of other clinical partners to train our students.”
Spotlighted at the event was Delores Jones, who along with her late husband, Brian, lived on the farm that became the property NEOMED was built on. Many former students, faculty and staff were also in attendance.
The two construction projects are part of a $160 million in campus expansion efforts that also included a Health, Wellness and Medical Education Complex, which is set to open in fall 2014. These facilities are transforming the look of the campus, as well as the University experience for students.
The Research and Graduate Education Building is a four-story, 88,000-square-foot, $45 million facility that serves as home to the University’s growing College of Graduate Studies as well as more than 40 of the University’s basic sciences researchers and their teams. The state-of-the-art facility promotes shared resources and technology, customizable and collaborative work, and opens into the University’s renovated public-private partnership zone, or REDIzone℠.
As part of the Research and Graduate Education building project, the Comparative Medicine Unit is being expanded by 17,000 square feet to meet the growing research needs of in-house faculty, the entrepreneurial network in Northeast Ohio and other institutional partners in the region.
The Village at NEOMED, the University’s first-ever on-campus student housing, is a result of a public-private partnership between the University and Akron-based SIGNET Development (SIGNET), one of the country’s premier developers of both public and private real estate projects. As part of a long-term partnership, SIGNET is providing NEOMED with comprehensive, turnkey development and finance services for the project, which includes the direction and oversight of all design, construction, finance, and management activities.
The 270,000 square foot, $37 million Village is comprised of three, four-story buildings with 339 single and double, fully furnished rooms in addition to study rooms and community recreation spaces.