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October 5, 2010

Federal Grant Submitted

Yesterday afternoon, the Health Center submitted its $100 million grant application to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), marking another major milestone in our journey to renew the John Dempsey Hospital, construct a new patient-care tower and launch the UConn Health Network.

Id like to take this moment to sincerely thank the ad-hoc Grant Committee for their focused and determined work on the HRSA application. The committee included clinicians, faculty, administrators and staff from our Research Administration and Finance Department. Over the past few months, they compiled an enormous amount of data and crafted a compelling narrative supporting the need to construct a 169 bed hospital tower that can accommodate an increase of 50 more medical-surgical beds, improve access to care and strengthen the Health Center financially.

As you know, securing this grant is a key element in the overall plan to provide $365 million in support for the improvement and expansion of John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn Health Network initiatives, which entail collaborations with other Hartford-area hospitals and related activities. The grant application was accompanied by more than 20 letters of support from several regional leaders in healthcare, education, government, community and business sectors.

We expect to hear about the award on or about December 15. We look forward to providing more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or comments.

Thank you for your continued support for this extremely important effort.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine