OU Health Comes Up $35M Short for New Pediatric Behavioral Facility

The University of Oklahoma Health announced it is short $35 million for a pediatric behavioral health center.

State and university leaders broke ground on the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health Behavioral Health Center Wednesday. The facility will cost $140.6 million. The Oklahoma State Legislature offered $19.8 million from the general fund and $39.4 million from federal funds. The Hospital Authority and Trust has also committed $46.4 million, The Norman Transcript reports.

“Funding from public sources would be $105.6 million of the 140.6 million that are needed leaving a significant opportunity for private philanthropy,” said Richard P. Lofgren, president and CEO of OU Health.

Sarah Stitt, first lady of Oklahoma, encouraged philanthropists and individual donors to contribute to a capital fundraising campaign.

“It’s going to provide resources beyond behavioral health to these families in crisis, and with a fundraising goal to raise and secure nearly $35 million dollars, the capital campaign is going to offer great opportunities to philanthropists and families across our state,” Stitt said. Read more.

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