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Nationwide Children's Hospital ‘Change Their Tomorrow’ Campaign Surpasses $200 Million Mark


COLUMBUS, OH - 11/12/2007

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital “Change Their Tomorrow” campaign has raised a total of $207 million toward the announced goal of $250 million. 

The five-year comprehensive campaign launched in 2006 serves as the foundation for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s vision to provide world class family-centered care.  Funds raised through the campaign will support construction of several new buildings including a new main hospital facility as well as vital patient programs and services, research, care for every child regardless of ability to pay, and recruitment and retention of leading physicians, scientists and staff.

“This campaign will enable us to execute our strategic vision-- to become the best children’s hospital in this country,” said Abigail Wexner, chair of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Inc. and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Boards of Trustees.  “With the continuing support of community-minded individuals and organizations, Nationwide Children’s serves not only as a leading local resource but also a national model for providing the best healthcare available anywhere in the world right here in Central Ohio.”

Nationwide Children’s has previously announced several lead campaign gifts.  The following highlights recent additional individual, corporate and foundation Change Their Tomorrow supporters:

*a $10 million gift from the Limited Brands Foundation will be directed to areas of greatest need.

*a $5 million gift from Richard J. Solove will fund the Richard J. Solove Center for Clinical Developmental Therapeutics Research in Pediatric Cancer and the Richard J. Solove Endowed Chair in Cancer Clinical Developmental Therapeutics in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

*a $5 million gift from Lorraine Thomas, directed to The Lorraine Thomas Primary Care Network, will ensure that children from underserved areas of Franklin County and beyond will continue to have access to quality healthcare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

*a $5 million gift from Battelle will fund the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Battelle Endowed Chair in Quantitative and Computational Biology.

Change Their Tomorrow Campaign Chair Ann I. Wolfe expressed appreciation for the generosity of Central Ohio individuals, corporations and foundations who have made gifts toward the campaign to date.  “We are honored by the generous gifts made thus far,” Wolfe said.  “On behalf of the children and families cared for at Nationwide Children’s, we gratefully acknowledge all our supporters while recognizing we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal during the rest of the campaign.”

“Nationwide Children’s has made tremendous strides over the last 115 years to become the national leader in pediatric health care that it is today, showing what can be done when  a community supports an organization's mission and vision,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO Steve Allen, M.D., said.  “As a national benchmark for excellence in pediatric healthcare, we are gratified to be impacting the lives of children and their families from throughout the United States and around the world.”

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