TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2015) – The University of South Florida will host a ceremony dedicating the site of the new Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The event will be held at the corner of South Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive. A map, including a location for parking, can be found below.
Speakers will include USF System President Judy Genshaft, Jeff Vinik of Strategic Property Partners, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, State Sen. Tom Lee, Florida Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini, Senior Vice President for USF Health Dr. Charles Lockwood and the Co-Director of USF Health’s Heart Institute Dr. Arthur Labovitz, all of whom have played significant roles in the project’s advancement.
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.
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.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.