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

November 12, 2007

The Nationwide Childrens 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 Childrens Hospitals 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 childrens hospital in this country, said Abigail Wexner, chair of Nationwide Childrens Hospital Inc. and Nationwide Childrens Hospital Boards of Trustees.  With the continuing support of community-minded individuals and organizations, Nationwide Childrens 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 Childrens 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 Childrens 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 familys 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 Childrens, 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 Childrens 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 Childrens 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.

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