Columbus Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a $10 million gift from Abercrombie & Fitch, to be directed to a new emergency department and trauma center scheduled for construction on the hospital’s downtown campus. The new facility will be a key feature within the replacement hospital building announced last fall as part of Columbus Children’s seven-year strategic plan.
“The children of Central Ohio are the real recipients of this most generous gift,” said Jon Fitzgerald, president of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We are indebted to corporate citizens such as Abercrombie & Fitch for their tangible commitment to the welfare of children. This kind of support speaks to an understanding that because children are our future, the future is only as strong and healthy as our children.”
The “Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department and Trauma Center” will be part of a new main hospital facility, scheduled to break ground in 2008 and open in 2011. Columbus Children’s operates the third busiest pediatric Emergency Department in the U.S. and houses the first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Ohio. Child magazine has ranked Children’s Emergency Services, Trauma Services and Urgent Care Centers as second in the nation in providing outstanding pediatric emergency medical care, with more than 74,000 visits to the Emergency Department in 2005.
“This gift signifies the trust Abercrombie & Fitch places in Children’s Hospital’s mission and ability to provide the highest quality of patient care for every child regardless of ability to pay,” Fitzgerald said, “and we are deeply grateful.”