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Ohio State gets $15 million gift to establish women's health program

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
David Holm

Ohio State's College of Medicine is getting a $15 million gift to establish a women's health program.

The gift will establish the Sarah Ross Soter Women’s Health Research Program, named after donors Sarah "Sally" Ross Soter and the Soter Kay Foundation.

The funding will create a multidisciplinary translational research hub that discovers new therapies to prevent and treat diseases that disproportionately affect women. It will include "new and expanded engagement programs to ensure women from underrepresented communities have equitable access to discoveries and clinical trials."

"We are honored to receive this investment that will build upon Ohio State’s excellent women’s health research and care,” Wexner Medical Center CEO Dr. John J. Warner said in an emailed release.

Soter said she got the idea for the donation and the women's health program after reading an article detailing the risks women face with heart disease.

“When I read that article, I knew that something had to be done,” Soter said.

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