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UConn Health Center Loses Out On Key $100M Grant

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uchcpressercrop0309001103a UConn Health Center Loses Out On Key $100M Grant

March 9, then-UConn President Michael Hogan announced plans that depended on $100-million being obtained. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The UConn Health Center loses out on a $100-million federal grant that would have been instrumental in plans to build a tower and start programs with other hospitals.

Federal Health Resources and Services Administration spokesperson Martin Kramer says the money will instead go to Ohio State.

The grant itself was for the expansion of infrastructure for access to care for the institution that applied for and won the grant,” Kramer said.  He would not explain why UConn did not get the grant, or why Ohio State did.

At a press conference at the health center earlier this year, state officials expressed confidence that the grant would come to Farmington.

If the money had come to UConn, it would have been a key part of $360-million plans to build a tower at the Farmington campus, and to start programs in cooperation with other hospitals.

The state would pick up some of the costs of starting those programs at other hospitals in the state.

State lawmakers approved more than $200-million for the work, but that money will only become available after the health center raises $100-million, which had been expected to come from the federal grant.

To get the state money, the university now must seek the $100-million from some other source.

In a written statement, the health center said it would continue to seek funding.

“We are pleased to say we have unwavering support from the UConn Foundation, the University’s fund raising arm, as well as many community leaders who are fully committed to the success of these initiatives.”

“I am terribly disappointed in this decision by the Obama Administration,” said Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd in a written statment.  Dodd said the development is a setback to efforts to improve John Dempsey Hospital.

“The University of Connecticut put forward an outstanding application,” Governor Jodi Rell wrote in a press release.

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