$10 Million Abercrombie & Fitch Gift Benefits Columbus Childrens Hospital

June 6, 2006

Columbus Childrens 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 hospitals downtown campus.  The new facility will be a key feature within the replacement hospital building announced last fall as part of Columbus Childrens seven-year strategic plan.

The children of Central Ohio are the real recipients of this most generous gift, said Jon Fitzgerald, president of the Childrens 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 Childrens 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 Childrens 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 Childrens Hospitals 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.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.