Columbus Children's Hospital to Host Public Open Houses

August 1, 2007

Columbus Childrens Hospital will be hosting public meetings to gather community input on future expansion plans for its downtown campus.  The Childrens 2012  public open houses will be held Tuesdays, August 7 and 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Columbus Public Health Department, 240 Parsons Ave., second floor auditorium.  A brief formal program will begin at 7pm at each of the meetings.  Free parking is available behind the building.

In 2005, Childrens announced plans for an expansion effort that would add more than one million square feet of new facilities to the downtown campus.  These included a new main hospital building and clinical building, parking garage, new energy plant and a third research building.  These campus improvements will increase available beds and services at Childrens as well as expanding research and the hospitals education and teaching programs. 

Childrens Hospital is in the process of modifying its facilities Master Plan as a result of three recent events.

 Growing demand for patient and emergency room use. Childrens anticipates serving one million patients by 2012. It currently serves approximately 700,000 patients. Patient growth has surged 71% in five years.

 New 70/71 interstate reconfiguration that will result in a new interchange being built at Parsons Avenue and the subsequent closing of the 18th street exit.

 Recent acquisition of property on the West side of Parsons which will allow Childrens to expand westward

During the community open houses, Childrens will share details about future plans and ask for feedback on its 2012 Campus Vision including its re-orientation of the hospital toward Parsons Avenue; the opportunity to make Parsons a gateway to the south side of Columbus; the addition of more green space; how to manage its residential properties in a way that is consistent with community goals; how to connect the west to the main campus; and how to improve safety, traffic flow and walkability of Livingston Avenue.

We share with our neighbors a common commitment for a vibrant residential and commercial district in Southeast Columbus, said Childrens CEO Steve Allen, MD.  We are hosting these meetings to join with our community in exploring opportunities to improve and enhance where we work and live. 

Persons interested in attending one of the public meetings may call 614-722-2695 or email communitylink@chi.osu.edu to RSVP.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare 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 nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 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 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.