Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Florida Hospital donates $1.5 million to UCF downtown campus

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 6:32 AM

The money is slowly trickling in for the University of Central Florida's downtown campus, with Florida Hospital being the latest donor. The health care organization pledged $1.5 million to UCF's plans on Monday, says UCF spokesperson Christine Dellert in a press release. 

“UCF's downtown campus will give future health care professionals a running start in the real world because of its proximity to business, research, and direct health care activities," says Florida Hospital CEO Daryl Tol in a statement. "Florida Hospital is proud to partner with UCF Downtown on new learning and professional development opportunities for students in these high-demand fields."

Earlier this month, Orlando City Council promised $75 million to the downtown campus plans, including $20 million in land from the city to UCF. The Orange County Commission, Valencia College and other private groups also raised $9 million. UCF has had to collect local contributions from government agencies and the private sector after Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $60 million in state funding for the downtown campus. Since then, UCF has agreed with the state to only ask for $20 million. The university will also contribute $20 million of its own money to the project. 

The school will present its downtown campus plans to the Florida Board of Governors on March 2. 

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