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A longstanding partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (U of I) Grainger College of Engineering for joint research to revolutionize clinical simulation, health care systems and medical education will expand dramatically through additional endowments. This will fuel a new generation of joint research projects to include mobile sensors, Internet of Things applications, data analytics and understanding social and behavioral determinants of health. Known as Jump ARCHES (Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation), the partnership was established in 2013 with $62.5 million in support. With new commitments of $50 million, it will now be backed by a total of $112.5 million in endowment support.

The multifaceted expansion includes a $25 million gift from the DiSomma Family Foundation to the endowment pool held within the OSF HealthCare Foundation, an additional $12.5 million commitment from the OSF HealthCare Foundation, and the equivalent of $12.5 million in endowment support from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

As with current Jump ARCHES collaborations, teams with members from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois Medical College in Peoria will receive grants to drive their research. The partnership previously provided about $2 million in grants annually. The expansion will ultimately provide about $4 million in grants annually. The grants will enable OSF HealthCare to continue improving the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of care, to advance health with intentional focus on the greatest challenges in our communities and beyond.

The expansion of Jump ARCHES will also contribute to the new Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), statewide initiatives led by the U of I System to foster discovery and entrepreneurship that drives progress, job creation and economic growth.

The Illinois Innovation Network is expected to provide for infrastructure to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which will be critical to the success of the expanded Jump ARCHES Partnership. OSF, as the first corporate sponsor in the Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network through its Innovation Lab, will work with the OSF Innovation Team to better serve Illinois’ poor, rural, and elderly patients, and through its partnership to create a new downtown Peoria Innovation Hub, and continue its work with Illinois.

This new investment brings the total non-state funding that would leverage the DPI/IIN to $347.5 million.

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