Canton Repository

August 29, 2002

Medical school center named after Regula 

Copley Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON — The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine honored U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula on Wednesday
by naming a building after him and giving him an honorary doctorate.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson spoke at the dedication of the Ralph Regula Conference Center at the medical school in Rootstown.

During the visit, Thompson also announced the federal government is sending $310,300 to Ohio to help fight the West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes. The aid is part of a $6 million package going to 14 states and two cities.

As chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee in Congress, Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, plays a key role in shaping
federal spending on health care and research. He has steered more than $1 million to the medical school.

Regula also had a hand in the birth of the medical school three decades ago. Then a state senator, he was among a handful of legislators who sponsored a bill to create the school.

When the medical school was being established, several state universities were fighting over it, Regula recalled.

“We worked out an arrangement to put it in the geographical center at Rootstown” between the University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University, he said.

“I’ve been supporting it in different ways ever since,” he said.

The medical school has a partnership with those three universities as well as 17 hospitals, including Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Canton and Heartland Behavioral Health Center in Massillon.