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The Department of Family Medicine, the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Ambulatory Pediatrics are part of the College of Medicine and Public Health. The College of Medicine and Public Health has over 600 full-time faculty, three schools, 19 departments, numerous specialty areas, and is part of the Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC).

The OSUMC has five hospitals [i.e., University Hospital (932 in-patient beds), The James Cancer Hospital (160 in-patient beds), University Hospital East (404 in-patient beds), Ross Heart Hospital (90 in-patient bed), and OSU Harding Hospital)]; two freestanding research institutes (i.e., Solove Research Institute and Davis Heart and Lung Institute) and a network of more than 30 community-based primary and specialty care facilities throughout central Ohio. This represents a total of 872 staffed beds (e.g., medical surgical, critical care, neonatal intensive care, rehabilitation, psychiatry, newborn/maternity care beds) and approximately 44,693 inpatient admissions and 708, 310 outpatient clinic visits per years (e.g., 379,048 at the Primary Care Networks sites). There are over 7,000 hospital staff and 1,256 medical staff (active and attending). The OSUMC has 56 residency and training programs and 505 interns, residents, and fellows. The fiscal budget is over $625 million dollars. Much of the funds are spent on patient care (over $270 million), equipment and facility capital expenses ($57 million), teaching programs ($30 million), research (3 million) and community outreach ($650,000). The U.S. News and World Report consistently rank OSUMC as one of the best comprehensive health systems in the world and of the 182 central Ohio physicians ranked in the nation as “Best doctors” 145 are affiliated with the OSUMC. Government, associations, corporations, and private donors annual invest more than $100 million for biomedical research at the OSUMC in order to create new treatments and therapies to improve health in Ohio and the world.

Additionally the community partnering organizations are vast and have great impact. The Department of Family Medicine alone has multiple partnerships. For example it works with Amethyst House. This is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for women and children. It partners with Asian American Community Services, Southeast Asian United Health Ministries of Central Ohio, Health Alliance, and Saint Vincent’s Family Services in order to optimize health services for non-English-speaking patients, primarily the indigenous populations.

The OSUMC is part of The Ohio State University and its resources and facilities. In 1870, The Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university. Presently, OSU has 19 Colleges, 20 Libraries, and 41 Research Centers. It is comprehensive and offers its 58,254 student-body, 174 undergraduate majors and 111 masters degree and 93 doctoral programs. Each year over 12,000 courses are taught with its 2,973 Regular and 250 Regular Clinical Faculty. This institution has annual budget of $2,721 billion, over $426.1 million was in research grants alone. It campuses is inclusive of 15,246 acreages with 850 building and 25,122 FT regular and 11,648 student employees.

OSU and the OSUMC have a vast amount of present and future resources. Presently, Ohio State has 41 Research Centers (e.g., Heart and Lung Institute, Center for Special Needs Populations, Center for Stress and Wound Healing, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility, Neurobiotechnology Center, Center for Retrovirus Research, Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evaluation Studies, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Biomedical Engineering Center, Center for Materials Research, and many more). It is quite overwhelming to present all of the facilities that are available to researchers at Ohio State. For example, the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) helps medical investigators conduct safe, controlled inpatient and outpatient studies of children and adults. GCRC at Ohio State is the third oldest in the nation and has received continuous funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1960. Presently it conducts over 70 active research protocols generating about 700 inpatient days and 4,000 outpatient visits per year. Some of the resources include: experienced, highly-trained staff of research nurses, biostatisticians, a core laboratory, information technology staff, and bio-nutrition staff, including exercise physiologist and metabolic kitchen.

The Heart and Lung Institute is the only freestanding facility devoted to research on disease effecting the heart, lungs, and vessels. It has over 80,000 square feet of laboratory space and nearly 130 principal investigators. The core labs provide such support services as bioinformatics, flow cytometry, microarray-genetics, EPR, microscopy, and proteomics. The Comprehensive Cancer Center features a network of 200 investigators across campus.

The Center for Materials Research is designed to promoted interdisciplinary scholarship among faculty, facilitate industrial partnerships and provide a mechanism for major cooperative research funding and create central multi-user research facilities for the study of familiar and new materials. There are over 40 materials research related facilities available at OSU.

The OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center is a network of six interdisciplinary programs composed of over 200 members from 12 of the 18 colleges at Ohio State and is one of only 38 institutions in the United States designated by the national Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. It has 12 floors comprising of 28,000 square feet, 160 patient beds, 24-bed bone marrow transplant units; 26 basic research laboratories and support facilities, outpatient facilities including 40 physician examination and consultation rooms, six specialized surgical suits, peri-anesthesia unit for pre-op and post-op care of inpatients and outpatients, a clinical laboratory, 21 private chemotherapy suites, and a pharmacy.

The Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute is a campus-wide collaborative housed in a seven-story, 100,000 square feet research space for interdisciplinary research devoted to the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and lung disease. It has research space for over 50 principal investigators and their teams and numerous core laboratories.

The Institute for Behavior Medicine Research has recently obtained over $40 million in research grants. Its team is made up of 19 researchers from the fields of immunology, virology, psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, molecular biology, behavior, oncology, and the neurosciences. The membership will double in the coming years and a new research facility is being constructed. It is one of the world’s centers in the study of mind-body interactions.

In the near future, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund the nation's first-ever Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI). It will connect research in mathematics, statistics, and computing with the biological and medical sciences. By year 2006, a 10-story Biomedical Research Tower will be completed. It is approximately 372,000 square foot facility with 248,000 assignable square feet, including 151,000 square feet of lab and lab support space and 41,800 square feet of office space. It doubles the amount of biomedical research space on campus. It will be able to house over 1,000 researchers and staff. Research laboratories will be dedicated to experimental therapeutics (cancer), heart and lung disease, neurobiology of disease, imaging, microbial pathogenesis, pharmacogenomics, bioinformatics, diabetes, structural biology, and tissue engineering. Core labs comprising 28,000 square feet for shared use in genomics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, viral vector, flow cytometry, histology, cryogen storage, light microscopy, electron microscopy, tissue engineering, x-ray crystallography, and cytogenetics.

Additionally, there are many specific laboratories such at the Information Processing Systems Laboratory, Information Systems Laboratory, Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Statistics Learning Center, Network-Based Computing Laboratory, Networking and Telecommunications Research Laboratory, Nisonger Center, Ohio Bio-processing Research Consortium, Population Research Initiative, etc.

Ohio State and the OSUMC have the most up-to-date computer systems in place. In fact, for the fifth consecutive year, the OSU Medical Center has been named one of the country’s “MOST WIRED Hospitals.‘ This prestigious designation refers to the inventive use of technologies used to connect with patients, physicians, nurses, payors, health plans, and vendors. The Online Computer Library Center, Inc., (OCLC) serves approximately 40,102 libraries in 76 countries and territories around the world. At OSU there is over 5,674,784 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents, 42,847 current serial subscriptions, 5,671,780 microforms, 51,500 audiovisual materials, 7,073 e-books and over 20 libraries. The total library expenditures for 2003 were $27,045,276.

An important component of the OSUMC is the OSU Medical Center Information Warehouse (IW). It is a tool for clinicians, researchers, administrators and decision support services to examine and analyze integrated data sets in order to address strategic goals and research objectives. IW brings data from disparate systems into a centralized data repository to provide a single point access to a large volume of detailed and aggregated healthcare related patient and research data. This allows for multilevel use across all areas of teaching, research, and patient care missions of the OSUMC. Data is cleansed, validate de-identified and integrated for fast, efficient and easy access. All meta data related data definitions, extractions, transformation, storage and business rules is captured along with the data for user reference.

IW facilitates clinical research and personalized medicine. It also ensures data security and HIPAA compliance. For example, to facilitate access, security management and ease of use, data in the IW is organized into subject-centered data sets called data marts. Data marts can be seamlessly linked, as needed, for instant interchange and sharing of information on a wide spectrum of data ranging from patients’ genetic makeup and family history to their diagnoses, treatments, clinical outcomes, and financials.