Johnson Announces $1.9 million for the Sanford School of Medicine U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that The University of South Dakota will receive $1,896,774 in federal funding to complete expansion and reconstruction of the Lee Medical Sciences Building, which houses the Sanford School of Medicine.�? Johnson, a long-time supporter of the project, secured this funding as part of the spending bill that passed the Senate in December. The project is expected to be completed this year. â�?�?I have worked to secure funding for this project since 1999, and I am pleased that USD will now have the final batch of funding they need to finish this project and fully open the doors to the school of medicine,â�? Johnson said. â�?�?The Sanford School of Medicine will continue to be integral in providing South Dakota with the physicians and other professionals we need to serve such a large state.â�? Johnson has worked to secure funding for the new Sanford School of Medicine since 1999. With this funding, he has secured more than $7.5 million in total funding for the project. The original Lee Medical Sciences Building was constructed in 1952 and became outdated and ill-equipped to fill the needs of todayâ�?�?s medical students. â�?�?I will continue to use my seat on the Appropriations Committee to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed. �? A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding for the Sanford School of Medicine is a great example of that kind of investment.â�?