Cincinnati Children's Hospital Expanding

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2007 at 5:12 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) - The new research tower at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is set to open today.

Hospital officials say it will help double the center's research program.

Arnold Strauss, director of the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, says the space is coming at a time when federal money
for research is being scaled back.

Officials say research has become a growth strategy that feeds
its clinical program. The unit has managed to attract both donors and researchers from all over the world.

In the last five years, the research unit has increased its total program awards by nearly 50 percent, mostly from the National Institutes of Health.

Last year, the hospital admitted 26,804 patients. It employs more than 10,000 people and has annual revenue of nearly $1.2 billion.

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