In June 2006, the Nationwide Foundation made a monumental $50 million commitment to support expansion of Nationwide Children's programs and construction of a new 12-story patient tower that opened in June, 2012. It was one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever from a corporate foundation in the U.S. and also one of the top five largest single gifts ever given to a children’s hospital nationally or internationally. In honor of the Nationwide Foundation gift, the hospital voted to re-name the hospital Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation continue to help us keep our promise that no child ever leave Central Ohio for world-class medical care. Our partnership has grown exponentially to include three key areas:
Also in 2015, Nationwide launched Make Safe Happen to reduce preventable childhood injuries in and around the home. Nationwide Children's is a proud partner with this program. To read more and to download the Make Safe Happen app, click here.
The Nationwide Partnership has grown to include monumental events raising millions of dollars for our patients and their families.
The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide has enjoyed a long partnership with the hospital, dating back to the first playing of the Tournament in 1976. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus have been longtime friends of the hospital, and they wanted the Tournament to reflect that heritage. The Tournament has made gifts of more than $12 million to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is named to honor that generous commitment.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon has been a true success, raising more than $4.5 million in three years. With more than 18,000 participants flooding the streets of downtown Columbus to run, walk and fundraise for our patients and their families this was another testament to Nationwide and Nationwide Children’s incredible partnership.