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Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families Job Fair

Our community. Our opportunities.

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. - Noon

Location: Stecker Auditorium, Education Center Main Campus

This is your chance to become part of the Nationwide Children’s team! Come speak with departments throughout the hospital about career opportunities. View all current job openings here.

Community Relations Holiday Service Project

On Dec. 22, 2014, Community Relations teamed up with Stowe Baptist Center to serve holiday lunch to individuals in need. Located on the Southside, the center prepares lunch daily and provides over 128,000 meals annually. To find out more about the services at Stowe Baptist Center, please check out their website

Ganthers Place Annual Holiday Recognition Event

On Dec. 21, 2014, Ganthers Place set-up shop with new and used clothes, books, games, toys and household items. Shoppers were individuals who volunteered in the Ganthers Place community for at least an hour in 2014. Volunteer opportunities ranged from donating materials to participating in service-oriented events. For more information about Ganthers Place and upcoming 2015 events, please visit their website.

Neighborhood Pride Holiday Party and Talent Show

On Dec. 17, 2014, Nationwide Children’s partnered with Neighborhood Pride for their holiday party and talent show at the King Arts Complex. The event included middle school students from area schools showcasing their talent for the evening. Over 300 students from South Linden, Linden McKinley High, Starling Elementary, Windsor Elementary and Fairwood Elementary participated in the night’s festivities. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been a proud partner for many years and looks forward to supporting the holiday program in the years to come.

6th Annual DRIVEN Foundation Holiday Food Outreach

On Dec. 14, 2014, Nationwide Children’s partnered with the DRIVEN Foundation for their holiday food outreach event at Moler Elementary. The foundation gave away 100,000 pounds of food to Central Ohio Families. For more information on the DRIVEN Foundation, please visit their website.

Wagons Ho Ho Ho

On December 6, 2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees joined more than 300 volunteers at Mid-Ohio Food Bank to build 800 wagons for Wagons Ho Ho Ho. The organization filled the wagons with food and distributed to families in need during the holiday season.

Southern Orchards Neighborhood Clean-Up

On October 31, Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnered with Community Development for All People and 300 hundred students from SkillsUSA Ohio. Students removed litter and overgrown weeds and shrubs from vacant lots around the Southern Orchards neighborhood. The annual clean-up serves as a community service project for students attending the Skills USA Ohio High School Fall Leadership Conference. Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families measures the impact of the clean-up by the number of vacant lots cleaned. Volunteers cleared overgrowing plants from 8 vacant lots and removed litter from 14 streets and alleyways.

Plant Pride on Parsons Neighborhood Clean-Up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees participated in the Plant Pride on Parsons Neighborhood Clean-Up on October 25. The clean-up focused on beautification efforts to Parsons Avenue. Community members assisted in litter abatement and graffiti removal.  As a result, volunteers collected 72 bags of trash and debris.

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Habitat for Humanity Wall Raising Ceremony

October 18 marked a busy day for Habitat for Humanity, Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as they celebrated the wall raising of Habitat’s newest home on Carpenter Street. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is pleased to welcome one of its very own employees as the property homeowner. NCH’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a perfect match as both organizations care deeply for the welfare of their community. Homeownership plays a significant role in building strong communities and promoting healthy families. The HNHF initiative continues to remove barriers in areas of health and well-being for families in the community.

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Rock the Block

Nationwide Children’s Hospital in partnership with Habitat for Humanity joined forces to “Rock the Block”. Hospital employees and other volunteers assisted in clean-up efforts on Carpenter Avenue. Activities included exterior home improvements to the properties in close proximity to Habitat’s newest residential property. “Rock the Block” encourages neighborhood residents to join together and make improvements to their neighborhood.

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Healthy Homes Open House

Healthy Homes held an open house on October 10 to premiere three homes available for purchase. Healthy Homes takes pride in offering renovated, energy efficient properties, south of the Nationwide Children Hospital’s campus.

Available properties:HNHF Open House



For more information about Healthy Homes, please visit the website or contact Robert Williams at

Farmers’ Market Tuesdays

Take advantage of the Farmer’s Market at Nationwide Children’s Hospital every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Livingston Park, located at 760 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio. The market accepts Ohio EBT card, WIC and senior coupons.

Community Garden Update

Gardening is underway at Nationwide Children’s Community Garden. Hospital employees and neighborhood residents, who maintain the garden, are able to benefit from the fresh and healthy produce. The gardeners also provide healthy food options to the community through their donations to the St. John Rosary Food Pantry. Nearly 800 pounds of produce has been donated since the garden’s inception.

Ganther’s Place Home and Garden Tour

Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnered with Ganther’s Place in support of their 10th Annual Home and Garden Tour. The tour featured the hospital’s newly renovated Healthy Homes along with the beautiful gardens of Ganther’s Place.

Turner Construction Volunteer Day

On August 2, Turner Construction partnered with Healthy Homes to provide neighborhood homeowners with exterior homes improvements to their properties. Turner volunteers assisted in activities such as landscaping, concrete work and repairs at various locations in community.

African American Male Wellness Walk

Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnered with African American Male Wellness Walk on August 9th. The walk raises awareness of preventable diseases, promotes health and wellness, and provides participants with free health screenings. For more information on the Wellness Walk in 2015, please visit:


Community Career Expo

You’re Invited!
Please join us for a Community Career Expo on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Stecker Auditorium
The Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Building
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 575 S. 18th St.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Urban League are helping you to prepare for your future.  Learn tools to help you find the right career path.  Job readiness training will be available on-site, including: resume writing, online application help, mock interview presentation, wear to work fashion show, education and career planning.

We are strongly encouraging residents from the 43205, 43206, and 43207 to join us for this event.  If you have any questions, please contact Nationwide Children’s Hospital Human Resources at 614-355-4111 or

Home of Hope Columbus

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is partnering with Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio, WBNS-10TV, and the City of Columbus as we build a brand new home for a family in only 5 days! This “blitz build” will take place on April 25 - April 29, 2013. The home is being constructed 1 block away from our Main Hospital Campus, on the corner of 18th Street and Beck Street.

Nationwide Children’s is proud to be a part of such a wonderful project with the community working together to make history.

If you are an employee of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and you are interested in volunteering for a shift during this event, please contact Dani Borror Sugarman at (614) 355-0743.

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The Harmony Project Presents: Peace, Love

The Harmony Project is a hybrid performance group and service organization comprised of 200 choir members who participate in large-scale volunteer and fundraising projects focused on different needs Harmony Projectthroughout the Columbus community.   During seven days in April, hundreds of volunteers and local residents will clean, plant, paint and build a playground in the Streetcar District of Livingston Avenue between Parsons Avenue and Nelson Road and the city’s south side. The project will connect residents to each other and to their neighborhood, building unity and civic pride. Nationwide Children’s is excited partner with The Harmony Project on this program, which will take place April 22-April 28. 

If you are an employee of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and you are interested in volunteering for a shift during this event, please contact Dani Borror Sugarman at 355-0743.

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DRIVEN Foundation Food Outreach Event

The 4th Annual DRIVEN Foundation Food Outreach event was held at Livingston DRIVEN logoAvenue Elementary on December 15, 2012.  Over 50 volunteers from Nationwide Children’s, Northwood’s Foundation, Dynamix Engineering, and the DRIVEN Foundation gave out over 700 boxes of food to event participants.  Approximately 100,000 lbs. of free food are provided to members of the community each year through this amazing event.  Food is acquired through food drives, donations, and support from DRIVEN’s budget and includes fresh produce, dried and canned goods.


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Healthy Homes Home Tour

This year’s annual Healthy Homes—Home Tour will take place on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 1pm-3pm. Come see nine fully renovated, affordable and energy efficient homes that are available for purchase. The tour will begin at 810 Carpenter Street where you will receive information, maps, and refreshments. Shuttles will be provided for transportation to all homes on the tour. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Danielle Borror Sugarman at (614) 355-0743 or

Community Garden Wrap-Up

This year, we donated a total of 179.7 pounds of fresh produce to the St. John Holy Rosary Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen!  Congrats to all of the gardeners and a special THANKS to each of you for donating the fruits of your labor. Please see the attached slide for a breakdown of our season. Planning has already begun for next year’s growing season! If you are interested in participating in the 2013 Community Garden season, please contact Dani at 355-0743. 2012 Gardeners will be offered first priority for 2013 and then we will extend invitations to individuals on our waiting list.

2012 Franklin County Candidates Forum on Children and Youth

Thank you to all who came out on Friday, October 19, 2012 for the 2012 Candidates Forum on Children and Youth at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 20 Candidates from Franklin County races answered a variety of questions on their position on children’s issues. Check out our photo gallery of the event.

If you attended, please respond to a brief 2012 Candidates Forum Post-Event Survey  to help make the 2014 Candidates Forum an even better event by providing your valuable feedback!

African American Male Wellness Walk

Saturday, August 11th 2012 marked the 8th annual African American Male Wellness Walk, and this year the walk was held in Livingston Park. Around 7,000 community members, elected officials, and groups came out for health screenings, informational booths, and the 5K walk/run to raise awareness to the importance of health and wellness for African American Males.

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African American Males are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases and have higher rates of illness and mortality and a larger need for health education. The Walk is held to educate men and women around these health issues in order to impact change and enforce preventative measures and overall health and wellbeing.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and walk participants who came out for this important event to prevent & reduce the incidence of health issues in our community!

Turner Construction Day

Turner Construction DayOn Saturday, August 18, 2012 around 150 volunteers from Turner Construction came out to the South Side neighborhood to complete beautification projects in the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families service area.  Volunteers planted bushes, trees, plants and flowers, cleaned the streets and alleys, removed debris, and many other improvements.  

Thank you to all of our great volunteers for helping to make the neighborhoods beautiful!

Wellness Walk - Saturday, August 11

A Wellness Walk will take place this Saturday, August 11 from 6:00 AM  – 3:00 PM along the city streets bordering the campus area.  Nationwide Children's is allowing walk participants to park in the W-lots, L-Garage and S-14, S-27 for the event.  
Employees who work Saturday and are assigned to these areas may park in  E-4, E-5, Staff Garage and the upper floors of the Visitor Garage.
Please note that Livingston Avenue, between 18th Street and Parsons Avenue,  will be closed to all traffic between 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Parsons will be closed 9:15 AM until  9:50 AM.   18th Street will be closed at approximately 9:45 AM  – 12:00 PM for the walkers returning to the Livingston Park area.  See the attached map for road closures.
Columbus Police Department will assist with traffic along the perimeter of the campus during the event.  Emergency vehicles will have access to campus during the event.
Please plan accordingly to navigate the road closures and alternate parking locations.  

For more information on the Wellness Walk, please visit

GenNext’s Annual HNHF Summer Service Project

GenNext of the United Way of Central Ohio’s was created to inspire the next generation of leaders to become involved in Photo of GenNext's Annual HNHF Summer Service Projectstrengthening a community in which everyone has the aspirations, resources, and opportunities to reach their fullest potential.  Young professionals in Central Photo of GenNext's Annual HNHF Summer Service ProjectOhio participate in service projects and education opportunities while connecting with their peers to strengthen our community.

Each year, GenNext participants in a Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families summer service project focusing on the 43206 zip code and on-going Healthy Homes and this year’s event took place on Saturday, June 28th. 13 volunteers came out at 10am to complete a variety of projects to help in the HNHF revitalization efforts in the South Side community.


Farmers’ Market Tuesdays

For the fourth year in a row, fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other healthy foods are available at Nationwide Children's Hospital’s famers markets.  This year there will be six markets to attend, each with a different theme to enjoy.  This year will mark the first year of the markets taking place in Livingston Park at 760 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205.  Don’t forget, these markets have been approved to accept the Ohio EBT Card, WIC, and Senior Coupons. 

July 31:Farmers Market Tomatoes
Healthy Cooking with Herbs Demonstration at 12:00pm

August 14:
Summer Produce for fresh salads and backyard barbeques

August 28:
“Back to school” Produce for healthy lunches

September 11:
Come sample tasty salsa

September 25:
It is apples season

October 9:
Pumpkins, pumpkins galore

Make sure to stop by Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Farmer’s Markets at Livingston Park and shop fresh and healthy this Summer 2012! We hope to see you there.

Deloitte and Touche IMPACT Day at Nationwide Children's Hospital

On Friday, June 8, volunteers from Deloitte’s Columbus offices spent the day on Carpenter Street in the Livingston Park Neighborhood Improvement Association District digging, planting, mulching, painting, and sweeping three multiunit properties. 16 of the over 100 volunteers spent their time landscaping at NCH as part of Deloitte’s annual IMPACT community day. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out on this hot and sunny 90 degree day and worked hard to make Carpenter Street beautiful!

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Plant Pride on Parsons

This year’s 2012 Spring Cleanup known as Plant Pride on Parson’s took place on May 12, 2012.  On this beautiful Saturday before Mother’s day, volunteers helped with flower planting, planter placement, painting projects of trash containers and tree stands, graffiti removal, and litter abatement. Plant Pride on Parsons

Plant Pride on Parsons is a neighborhood beautification effort that takes place each spring on the Southside on a two mile stretch of Parson’s Avenue.  Watch the CTV news story on the history of Plant Pride on Parson’s and great highlights from this year’s event.


With refreshments provided by Kroger and entertainment by Harmony on the Southside, community members, led by the city's Keep Columbus Beautiful program, worked together to beautify our neighborhood and make this event a success yet another year in a row! This year, 126 hand-painted pots were planted up and down Parsons Avenue including 20 cool historical planters. Check out the full collection of hand-painted planters for 2012.  Big thanks to the 150 volunteers who came out to help, including many from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the eight surrounding neighborhoods.

As well, there are still planters available for sponsorship! View the gallery of all planters available for $150 with an engraved nameplate.  Please call Sherri Palmer, Keep Columbus Beautiful Program Manager, at 614-645-3171 for more information

Spring Beautification 2012

It’s amazing how flowers have the ability to brighten up any day and bring a smile to your face.  On Saturday, May 19, 11 Good Neighbor Civic Associations participated in the annual spring beautification flower and mulch distribution event in order to bring smiles to many faces.  Flats of flowers and bags of mulch were given to the following organizations for use in their public space:

  • Driving Park Civic Association

  • German Village Society

  • Livingston Avenue Area Commission

  • Livingston Park Neighborhood Improvement Association

  • Merion Village Association

  • Old Oaks Civic Association

  • Holy Rosary/St. John

  • Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association

  • South of Main

  • Southside United Neighbors (southern Orchards)

  • Southside Community Action Network

Thank you for participating and helping to make our community bloom-tastic!  It is inspiring to see so many volunteers work hard for their neighborhoods.

Nationwide Children’s Partners with the D.R.I.V.E.N. Foundation for 3rd Annual Food Giveaway

DRIVEN Food DriveIn 2009, The DRIVEN Foundation hosted the first annual MR. DRIVEN’s TRUCK in Columbus, Ohio.  The idea was to provide families several meals that they could enjoy together during the cold winter months.  Many times, outreach opportunities around Thanksgiving involve food giveaways, but the Christmas season is typically about gifts.  As we all know, people go hungry everyday, not just on Thanksgiving.  In 2010, Nationwide Children’s partnered with D.R.I.V.E.N. to bring the giveaway to the south side at Livingston Avenue Elementary. Now, after just three years, MR. DRIVEN’s TRUCK has distributed nearly 150,000 pounds of food to Columbus-area families in need. 

With the help of nearly 300 volunteers from Nationwide Children’s and others, recipients were given a variety of breads, meats, fruits, vegetables and juices to take home with them.  These items provided several weeks worth of healthy meals for their families.

The impact that was made on Saturday, December 17th showed on the faces of those who walked away with food and holiday cheer. The hugs from men, women and children who now knew where their next meal was coming from, said more than “thank you” could express.  Volunteers who took part in the day returned home to their families to know that they made a difference in someone’s life.

For more information on the D.R.I.V.E.N. Foundation, please visit their website.

Community Development for All People’s (CD4AP) Annual Event

On November 13th, Nationwide Children's Hospital hosted the United Methodist Church for All People and the Community Development for All People and over 200 guests. The 5th annual celebration recognized the significant contributions of community partners, volunteers, and staff members in 2013. This year's event focused on health and wellness. An earlier private reception honored the main event's keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center. The reception with Dr. Morris included a professional presentation and a conversation with Reverend John Edgar of CD4AP. There were opportunities for personal introductions to the speaker, and attendees received a signed copy of his book "God, Health, and Happiness." The reception was followed by a general appetizer event in the foyer where guests mingled and learned about CD4AP and community programs. Featured programs included Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF), Southside Renaissance, LLC, CD4AP Housing. Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL), and Loaves & Fishes.

The main event was emceed by NBC TV4 anchor Cabot Rea, and a spirited welcome was provided by Nationwide Children's own CEO Dr. Steve Allen. The All People Band entertained guests throughout the evening. Cardinal Health was honored with the Partner of the Year award. Volunteers were recognized for their contribution to the community during the past year. The evening showcased that CD4AP is one of the most racially inclusive and socially diverse ministries in Central Ohio. The organization also provides clothing, meals, jobs, housing, and medical care – and offers hope and renewed dignity to individuals on the Southside of Columbus. We are looking forward to 2014 and another opportunity to celebrate our outstanding community!

For additional information regarding the Community Development for All People, the non-profit organization that enhances the lives of thousands of low and moderate income persons on the Southside of Columbus, Ohio, please visit

HNHF Welcomes Patient Family to the Neighborhood

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman alongside City Councilmember Hearcel Craig, United Way of Central Ohio President andMayor Coleman speaking abotu HNHF CEO, Janet Jackson and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Steve Allen, MD, celebrated the completion of an in-fill residential property created to address the specific housing needs of a Nationwide Children’s patient family.

The Long Family has a wheelchair bound child and they make frequent visits to the hospital. Due to the on-going treatment, the Long’s were eager to find a home in the area. As they assessed their housing needs, it was determined that these first-time home buyers needed an ADA compliant home. With the support of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF), United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus, a once vacant and blighted lot was turned into a home that made the Long’s dream a reality.

Funded partially by the United Way and Nationwide Children’s, with the lot donated by the City of Columbus, the Long Family will move into their new home that accommodates their needs with a wheel chair ramp, interior hand rails and larger turning radii throughout the home for accessibility. This is the first home where the homebuyer and builders worked hand-in-hand to address the specific needs of the family.

Community Relations Newsletter

The Community Relations newsletter is distributed to Southside neighbors twice a year. The newsletter shares impactful projects that have allowed Nationwide Children's Hospital to collaborate with friends, businesses and residents in our community. As we continue our pledge to be a Good Neighbor, this newsletter celebrates our partners and the great work being done to revitalize the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families zone. Read the newsletter»

Farmer’s Market Mondays

Fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods are being made available for employees, community residents and visitors at three Farmer’s Markets hosted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The next Farmer’s Market will be held on Monday, August 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Children’s Human Resources building in parking lot on 18th Street across from the hospital’s Outpatient Care Center.

“The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employee Wellness program invites all surrounding communities to our third annual Farmer’s Markets,” said Cindi Solomon, program coordinator. “Local residents are encouraged to shop healthy.” The market will accept the Ohio EBT card, WIC and Senior coupons.

During the Farmer’s Market, attendees should peruse the market for fresh produce and gather health information. On August 29th, the market hosted a grilling demonstration, featuring produce from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Community Garden. The Community Garden is planted at 591 Stone Avenue. Produce from the garden is donated to the food pantry at Holy Rosary St. John.

Upcoming Farmer’s Markets are on September 12, featuring apples and a food preservation workshop. October 10th focuses on pumpkins.

Health Care Heroes Winners

Designed to honor health care and outreach for the region, Columbus Business First annually honors institutions, programs and individuals who make a difference. This year, Nationwide Children’s Hospital was nominated in several categories and received awards for Outreach with the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families program. The program is recognized for renovating 70 homes on the Southside, as well as striving to create access to health care, nutrition, education and safety.

The Hospital was also honored as an Innovator for the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes program. Lead by Dr. Kelly Kelleher, this collaborative brings together several central Ohio entities to reduce preterm birth. Since its inception, there has been a fifty percent reduction in preterm births for women in the program.

Dr. Lisa Repaske received an honorable mention for her work at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Repaske utilized the NCH mobile unit to provide immunizations to hundreds of students in districts where children are in need of health care.

Read about the Nominees and Honorees in detail.

Successful “Day at the Movies” in Ganthers Place

“A Day at the Movies” was the theme of the Ganthers Place 7th Annual Home and Garden tour on July 24th.

Over 200 people visited the tour, enjoying music by Bob Hanlin on the Nationwide Children’s Stage at the Green ‘N’ Things garden, as well as rides from local pedicab drivers and refreshments.

Alan Carroll and Ken Williams head the Ganthers Place Civic Association. “The goal of the tour,” said Carroll, “is to celebrate the neighborhood.”

Partnering with Edgewood and Nationwide Children’s, a total of 18 homes were open to tour participants. Each home featured a movie theme, complete with movie poster and yard decorations to match. The theme isn’t a contest, but it inspires residents to build stronger relationships. The neighborhood collaboration “shows that we’re not all individual. We all worked together and got something accomplished,” said Carroll.

Ganthers Place regularly hosts these up-beat, community centered events. Events promote home ownership, safety and unity among their residents. All people across Columbus are invited to attend the tour annually. Next year’s theme will be “Christmas in July.” Applications will be available in May.

Southern Orchards welcomes NCH and Turner Construction

On August 6th, Southern Orchards Civic Association will collaborate with Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families and Turner Construction. For the third straight year, they will team up to give back to the community by providing cosmetic upgrades to multiple houses in the area.

The scope of work for each house will range from landscaping, concrete walk and stairway replacement, to fence repair and general clean up. The one-day event will bring together volunteers and contractors to “adopt a house”. The objective is to connect resources with man power to make improvements in 12 residential homes.

Nationwide Children’s staff established projects during a walkthrough with each homeowner.

These collaborations encourage the core values of being a good neighbor. By uniting, NCH, Turner Construction and Southern Orchards strive to build a sense of community pride in this Columbus Area.

Farmers’ Market Offered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

All are invited to attend Farmers’ Market Mondays at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on each of three Mondays -- August 29, September 12 and October 10. Offered in the surface parking lot next to the Human Resources building (574 S. 18th Street), the markets are approved to accept the Ohio EBT Card, WIC and Senior Coupons.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families Summer Home Tour

Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will hold the HNHF Summer Home Tour, on July 9. The tour features 8 renovated, energy efficient properties now available for purchase.

Please join us from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Carpenter Street, Heyl Avenue and South 18th Street to experience the homes, enter to win prizes and enjoy appetizers. A shuttle service is provided to transport between the properties. Take this opportunity to learn more about homeownership near Nationwide Children’s Hospital. View the HNHF Summer Home Tour flyer provides the details!

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Home Tour.

Realtor Care Day

Realtor Care Day PhotoOn June 15, up to 50 realtor volunteers visited the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families housing zone to landscape and beautify the neighborhood. Their primary focus was a new green space on the corner of Heyl Avenue and Sycamore Avenue. The realtors helped turn this space from a vacant lot, which once held a dilapidated house, to a space for the community to visit and enjoy. The new green space includes rose bushes and trees. The centerpiece of the space is a paved area with a weeping cherry blossom tree as the focal point.

The green space is next to an HNHF new build that is currently under construction, 787 Heyl Avenue.

Realtor Care Day is an annual event programmed by the Ohio Board of Realtors. This year’s partnership was the first between NCH and the Realtor Care Day event. The volunteers also participated in landscaping several other properties.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Community Garden Update

It’s been six weeks since the kick-off of the NCH Community Garden. During those weeks, gardeners have been spending time in the garden to tend their plots and to check progress of their growing produce. With the hot weather from late May, watering has been one of the main priorities. We anticipate some produce to begin ripening in the next few weeks, including herbs, tomatoes, and squash. The produce will be donated to the food pantry at Holy Rosary St. John on Ohio Avenue. Please visit them on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to enjoy the vegetables from the NCH Community Garden!

The garden planning committee has started to prepare projects and programs in the garden. Garden programming is intended to teach the community about healthy cooking, growing nutritious food and engaging with outdoor activity. Another way to access healthy food is to visit the NCH Farmer’s Markets, on Monday’s, 11:30a-1:30p, August 29, September 12, and October 10.

To get involved with the garden, please contact Stephanie Perry at or (614)355-0743.

Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families June Housing Update

Summer brings exciting progress on the housing front for Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families. In the past two weeks, two properties were sold, and three houses are in contract to be closed by the end of the month. Buyers include a Nationwide Children’s Hospital employee.

Upcoming projects include a ranch-style home that is ADA compliant. This will be the first home of its kind built with the HNHF Affordable Housing initiative.

For more information on renovated properties in the HNHF Zone, please contact Robert Williams at 614-365-0693 or

Plant Pride on Parsons 2011 Spring Clean Up

The Valvoline Plant Pride on Parsons 2011 Spring Clean Up event was a great success! A total of 133 volunteers participated from all parts of the city to beautify the heart of the South Side. Participants included a strong representation from Nationwide Children's Hospital as well as individuals from The Ohio State University, Chase Bank and residents of 8 neighborhoods in the surrounding area.

Plant Pride on Parsons is a neighborhood beautification effort that takes place each spring on the Southside. Organizations from across the city volunteer to do a litter clean up, graffiti removal and to plant flowerpots along Parsons Avenue corridor.

10 teams collected 179 bags of trash and litter (5,370 lbs) and filled up 22 bags of recyclables.

To top it off, another 50 hand-painted planters with beautiful new designs by the Heart of Ohio Tole Painters were added to the Avenue for a total of 97 flowering pots.

View photos of the event: Valvoline Plant Pride on Parsons Spring Cleanup 2011.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families

Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF) is a five-pronged public-private collaborative, focusing on neighborhood revitalization in Columbus’ South Side, with the goal impacting more than 10,000 residents annually. HNHF is focused on creating tangible outcomes in the areas on Affordable Housing, Education, Health and Wellness, and Safe and Accessible Neighborhoods. This initiative is currently building on efforts around the recently-designed and opened Livingston Avenue Elementary School, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and current South Side housing improvement efforts.

Construction Updates

Keep updated on current construction progress in and around the Children's Hospital community.

Open Houses help for the New Replacement Hospital and Central Energy Plant Expansion

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to a strong minority/women/neighborhood/small business contractors program to increase access to hospital construction jobs. There have been two Minority Open Houses that have attracted more than 200 companies. Please click here to view a list of those who attended our last open house on June 4th.

"Children's 2012" Public Open House

Learn more about our future expansion plans for our downtown campus by downloading and viewing our public open house presentation, meeting summaries and letter to our neighbors:

For more information, including Children's Public Open Houses' Letter, please visit our News Room.


Livingston Park Improvement Project

Due to the strong commitment and collaboration between Children's Hospital, Columbus Recreation & Parks, LACCD and LPNIA, Livingston Park (located between 18th and Ann Streets on Livingston Avenue) has recieved the following new capitol and orticultural improvements:

  • Flower, shrub, and tree plantings

  • Basketball court and removal of unusable tennis court

  • Walking Path

  • Site furnishings - picnic tables, park benches, trash receptacles

  • Brand new light fixtures

The improvements to Livingston Park will result in a safe, clean, and recreationally stimulating park for the entire residential community as well as Children's Hospital's staff, patients, and visitors.

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