USF donates land to All Children’s

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All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg will soon build a new state-of-the-art pediatric research and training facility on 1.4 acres of land, a gift from the University of South Florida finalized this week by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.

The land, a donation to USF by the state in April, goes to All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine to develop a research, education and training facility, which will strengthen the 14-year relationship between the hospital and the university by educating USF Health medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

The parcel is adjacent to both the existing Children’s Research Institute at 601 Fourth Street South and the All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center.

Applauding the move was Jonathan Ellen, president and physician in chief at All Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children’s Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“This collaboration shows the sustained commitment of both organizations to provide the best training for USF Health medical students and all our residents and increase the USF Health pediatric residency program affiliation with All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine,” Ellen said in a statement.

USF President Judy Genshaft added that she is pleased with the land transfer, and anticipates the new proposed training facility.

“We are excited about the economic development and health care impact that this project will have in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay region,” she said. “Especially for the youngest members of our community.”

Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, sees both the expansion and the partnership with All Children’s as another step in toward finding a cure for many childhood diseases.

“Together we are committed to translating our laboratory discoveries and advanced clinical knowledge into safe, cost-effective treatments to improve the health of all our children,” he said.

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