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Nationwide Children’s Hospital to Host Minority Business Enterprise/Women’s Business Enterprise Open House

COLUMBUS, OH - 3/5/2009

Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host a fourth Minority Business Enterprise/Women’s Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Open House on March 19, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to present information about the Replacement Hospital interior build-out, site park, Central Energy Plant expansion, the hospital purchasing program, and the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families Realty Collaborative Housing Program. The open house will be held in the Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Center Stecker Auditorium on the Nationwide Children’s main campus.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and construction managers from Gilbane and TurnerSmoot are committed to maximizing MBE/WBE involvement throughout these projects. The open house is geared towards the inclusion of minority, small and local businesses interested in bidding on the projects. 

The evening will include presentations on the upcoming construction projects and networking opportunities. The Central Energy Plant is slated for completion in 2010 and the Replacement Hospital is scheduled to open in 2012.

Persons interested in attending the open house should contact Evelyn Porter at (614) 781-8550 or For more information, contact Larry Price at (614) 228-6332 or

During the past open houses, hundreds of prime contractors, minority and female businesses, as well as local businesses have had the opportunity to meet and form relationships that have led to new contracts. These forums continue to strengthen the open communication between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the neighborhood community.

The cornerstone of the master plan is the new 12-floor new main hospital building encompassing 700,000 square feet.  The campus master plan and new main hospital, currently valued at more than $800 million, will add more than one million square feet of clinical and research space to the existing two million square-foot downtown campus. The expansion is funded through a combination of internal support, bonds and philanthropy.

When complete, the new hospital will include:

  • Private patient rooms, designed with a family zone that includes enhanced sleeping accommodations for parents, expanded personal space, private showers and internet access; a patient zone with concealed medical equipment, individual room temperature control, and patient entertainment systems; and a care-giver zone with electronic medical records, state of the art monitoring, and access to all necessary patient care technology.  When combined with renovation of existing facilities, the Replacement Hospital will create a total estimated hospital capacity of 460 beds. 
  • An Emergency Department that will nearly double in size from the current 38-bed facility and will include increased support for Ohio’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, as well as enhanced family support services, and dedicated specialty rooms such as child abuse assessment, and dental, eye and orthopedic emergencies.
  • A new Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant unit which will combine inpatient beds, outpatient clinic and “Day Hospital” into one convenient unit with 36 inpatient beds and 15 infusion beds; a new neurodiagnostics center to house 48 beds with EEG, sleep and inpatient services; and an entire floor of 30 beds devoted to pediatric intensive care patients with a second intensive care unit of 20 beds dedicated to heart and transplant care.
  • A “performance space” which will include a theater with advanced audio-visual equipment and seating to accommodate wheelchairs and beds.
  • Six acres of park-like green space in front of the new hospital, adjacent to Livingston Park.
  • Family lounges on every floor, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, continuation of the on-demand room service for patients just introduced this year, and age-appropriate playrooms throughout the new hospital.

The new Central Energy Plant will supply normal and emergency electrical power, chilled water, hot water, domestic water, steam, and fire suppression water to the Replacement Hospital, as well as the rest of the existing Nationwide Children’s Hospital facility. These utilities originate from the Central Energy Plant and convey utility services such as electricity and water through a series of underground tunnels throughout the hospital campus. 

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