A Letter from Alex R. Fischer

Dear friends,

Though it seems modest today, Nationwide Children’s Hospital set what was an audacious goal not all that long ago: no child would ever need to leave central Ohio to receive the best medical care. We wanted to give this community’s children access to the highest quality care, right here.

Alex FischerOver the past decade we achieved that goal — and set new, higher ones.

Today Nationwide Children’s is an international destination pediatric medical center. Life-changing discoveries occur at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute. Our trailblazing commitment to pediatric behavioral health is a national model for treating the whole child. We have become a model for how to improve the health of an entire population.

Over the last extraordinary decade Nationwide Children’s has, quite simply, changed what it means to be a children’s hospital by continually looking outside our walls to work for the good of all children.

And yet, we have never been more connected to our hometown. The transformational philanthropy of central Ohio’s signature business leaders and companies, including Nationwide and Big Lots, has helped drive our progress. Strong partnerships with our state, county, city and community leaders, and community members themselves have allowed us all to improve housing, education, job opportunities and health care access. Children are safer and healthier because of it. And in this year of COVID-19, work with local public health authorities has brought our infectious disease and epidemiology expertise to school administrators as they navigate the pandemic.

At the heart of everything are the people who choose to work at Nationwide Children’s, whose professionalism, compassion and commitment to care has been unwavering. They are an inspiration.

Over the last decade, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has firmly established itself as a preeminent pediatric health care and research center because of how deeply rooted we are in central Ohio, and I look forward to so much more in the decade to come.

Alex Fischer Signature

ALEX R. FISCHER
Chair
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Inc.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Board of Directors