American Equity Mortgage Presents $250,000 Gift to Columbus Childrens Hospital

May 1, 2007

American Equity Mortgage, one of the leading mortgage bankers in the country, presented a check for $250,000 to Columbus Childrens Hospital Tuesday, May 1 during a reception at Childrens Hospital. The company committed $250,000 to Childrens in December 2005, and Tuesdays reception celebrated this generous gift.  

We are proud to support Columbus Childrens Hospitals mission to provide the highest quality care for children and their families, Deanna Daughhetee, president and chief executive officer of American Equity Mortgage, said. Amazing work is being done at Childrens right now, particularly in the area of clinical cancer care, and we are gratified to be a part of assuring the hospital can continue to be a leader in pediatric healthcare.

In honor of the gift, Childrens will name The American Equity Mortgage Hematology/Oncology Day Hospital in the hospitals clinical expansion. The clinic, which opened in April 2006, houses five patient rooms and 10 patient beds along side 4,000 square feet dedicated as an outpatient clinic for patients with cancer and blood diseases.

We are thankful for companies like American Equity Mortgage who invest in our mission to help us provide the best care to children and families dealing with cancer and blood diseases, said Thomas Gross, MD, PhD, chief of Hematology/Oncology at Columbus Childrens Hospital. We have made great strides in treating these diseases, and we continue to search for ways to improve the lives of these patients and their families.

American Equity Mortgage has a long standing tradition of helping childrens organizations. Daughhetee is former Chair of the Old Newsboys Day campaign, a St. Louis community-wide campaign that each year raises more than $750,000 for 250 childrens organizations. Currently, she is Chair of St. Louis Social Venture Partners, an organization that focuses on capacity building for non-profits primarily focused on disadvantaged youth. The company also is the lead sponsor for the new Ronald McDonald House Family Room at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Recently, American Equity also has provided corporate support for such organizations as KidSmart, National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Youth Leadership Conference and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

About American Equity Mortgage
American Equity Mortgage, founded and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the leading mortgage bankers in the United States and has received numerous awards including multiple Consumers Choice Awards and Best Overall Company. 

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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