A note from Steve

Steve Testa

Dear friends of Nationwide Children’s Hospital,

In 1892, a group of ladies in Columbus, Ohio convened to launch a children’s hospital. Well more than a century has passed, but our DNA of people helping people has never wavered.

With the rapidly evolving conditions related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, everyone is affected. I know that your families, your businesses, and your neighborhoods are anxious and frightened. During this challenging time, I want you to know that everyone here is thinking about you. I know that if all aspects of the community work together, we will get through the upcoming difficult days.

If you need any information or resources related to the children in your life, visit our homepage. If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, visit this page for information about monitoring and when to seek care.

I look forward to us connecting in what will possibly be new ways. We are not holding public events that we typically use to generate funds and awareness. We are restricting visitors into our hospital, so we aren’t giving tours. You have undoubtedly had to make changes to your families and businesses. It’s a new way of interacting for all of us.

However we may communicate, the coronavirus will not stop children from requiring cancer treatments. Social distancing won’t eliminate babies being born prematurely. Working remotely doesn’t mean that children will not need care for congenital heart defects. So while our day-to-day lives may be very different, our mission to care for every child, for every reason, will not change.

People helping people. That’s been the history of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. And it will be our community’s future as well. By joining together and helping our neighbors, friends, and families, we will emerge from our current challenges.

Thank you for being a part of the Nationwide Children’s family.


Stephen Testa

Steve Testa
Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation