Florida Hospital donates $1.5 million to UCF downtown campus


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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