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September 19, 2016

Media are asked to call Media Relations at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover these events.

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a free community open house from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 to showcase the new Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute (JCSMI), 2835 Fred Taylor Dr.

Media are invited to tour the facility at 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 with Dr. Christopher Kaeding, executive director of sports medicine. Media are also invited to cover the community open house on Sept. 24.

The community open house features a ribbon cutting, self-guided tours of the facility, and interactive activities such as human powered smoothies, throwing analysis, chair massages and more. Ohio State’s School of Music and Ohio State’s Department of Dance will perform.

The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute is home to the Midwest’s largest and most advanced sports medicine facility. The $45 million state-of-the-art facility houses 15 interdisciplinary specialties, 160 sports medicine faculty and staff, and four research and performance labs.

Ohio State’s Sports Medicine program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-mission integrated model whose value is creating synergies and collaborations between all the diverse areas of expertise at Ohio State which promote physical activity across the lifespan,” Kaeding said. “The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute will be a focus of collaboration between the academic, medial and athletic programs to make The Ohio State University a national leader in academic sports medicine.”

Sports-related injuries in young athletes represent more than 40 percent of emergency department visits. For patients between the ages of 42 and 60, sports-related injuries are the second most common reason for injury-related physician office visits. 

The Crane family is known in central Ohio as a generous, strategic and committed community partner. Three generations of the Columbus-area family came together to help fuel the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, in addition to funding early childhood and foreign language education initiatives at The Ohio State University as part of the But for Ohio State campaign. The majority of the three-pronged gift honors Jameson Crane (’47), a former Ohio State football team member and chairman emeritus of Crane Group, a family-owned, private holding and management company based in Columbus.

The But for Ohio State campaign began in 2009, with the goal of raising $2.5 billion for students, research and innovation. More than 700,000 individual donors have participated in the campaign, which is believed to be largest number of individual donors to a university campaign in American history.
 

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Media contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu.