OSF HealthCare has donated $1 million to benefit two projects of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
OSF offered $750,000 to help the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) expand into a four-year medical school. The expansion and upgrade to the facility includes a OSF HealthCare Learning Studio -- a technology-fueled classroom designed for team-based learning. Construction on the facility and a new anatomy lab will begin in January. The expansion will soon accommodate 55 first-year medical students as well.
The other $250,000 gift will help expand the Rockford Campus.
“We are truly excited about this generous gift and the continued support OSF HealthCare provides,” Dr. Sara Rusch, UICOMP regional dean, said. “This expansion is a historic moment, not just for the medical school, but for our entire community. It will greatly impact our ability to recruit and retain future physicians to central Illinois. The gift from OSF will help us carry out our founding mission – training doctors to meet the needs of downstate and rural Illinois."
“We are proud of our standing partnership with the University of Illinois and, in particular, UICOMP and UICOMR and recognize the importance of the need for expansion at the medical school,” OSF HealthCare CEO Kevin Schoeplein said. “OSF is focused on transforming health care throughout the communities we serve, and know there is a growing need for physicians in all specialties. This learning studio will further enhance those efforts, especially for the new medical students we will welcome as first-year students.”