January 21st, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

State Audit Lauds OHSU's Use of Tobacco Settlement Dollars

Kate Brown

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown today released an audit [PDF] of the $200 million grant that state lawmakers awarded OHSU in 2001.

The Oregon Opportunity grant was a pretty big deal because it was funded by tobacco settlement money and represented a relatively bold move during the last recession.

Bottom line: auditors found that OHSU put the money to good use and did what it said it would:

"Overall, we found that the Oregon Opportunity Program resulted in expanded research at OHSU. We also found that OHSU met or exceeded its specific
goals and measurable targets for the Oregon Opportunity Program," the audit summary states.
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