On June 2nd, Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare announced a partnership to build the new FSU Health Tallahassee Center. The building is funded by a $125 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature.
The five-story building will be located on the TMH campus and include educational, medical, and research laboratory space. The new facility will focus on research and accommodate approximately 30 principal investigators, producing an estimated $40 million in additional annual grant funding.
The focus will be on clinical trials, data-driven precision health, digital health and clinical informatics, and clinical and translational research.
“Combining advanced research and clinical care, FSU Health Tallahassee Center will facilitate the transformation of Tallahassee into a regional health care destination attracting patients from throughout the area and neighboring states,” said FSU President Richard McCullough. “The FSU Health Tallahassee Center provides FSU the potential to transform health care delivery, education, and biomedical research throughout Florida, surrounding states, and the nation.”
In addition to research, the academic health center will also increase the training opportunities for new health care workers. The university plays a significant role in training clinicians. “Nearly 60% of FSU’s physician alumni practice in Florida or a Florida bordering county. More than 60% of FSU’s nursing alumni reside in Florida,” according to the FSU press release.
“While a long relationship has existed between FSU and TMH, this partnership aligns two prestigious organizations to drive greater value locally, regionally, and for the state of Florida,” said Mark O’Bryant, president and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “The collaboration will catalyze the development of an innovation district with a focus on transformative clinical care, research, biomedical innovation, and education.”
The new health facility is expected to add more than $217 million annually and support 1,200 jobs during the construction phase. Once the facility is built, it will likely support at least 350 permanent high-paying positions.