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Florida Hospital pledged $1.5 million to Downtown UCF today, according to a press release.

The funding will go toward the construction of the campus’ $60 million academic services building, a 165,000 square foot facility which, together with the renovated Center for Emerging Media, will house around 7,700 students.

Daryl Tol, the president and CEO of Florida Hospital, cited the Downtown UCF’s close proximity to healthcare-related businesses and research as a major driver for investment.

“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,” Tol said in a press release.

Plans for joint programs between UCF and the hospital’s Adventist University of Health Sciences, which provides degrees in nursing, health sciences and other programs, are currently under discussion, according to the release.

Previous local donors include the Orlando Magic and CFE Federal Credit Union, which each pledged $1.5 million to the project. Valencia College contributed $2 million and Orange County contributed $3 million.

The city of Orlando agreed to a contribution of $75.2 million on Feb. 8.

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Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at bernardw@centralfloridafuture.com or on Twitter @cameradudeman.



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