MEDIA ADVISORY: Patient Makennah's 3rd Birthday Party Thursday at NCH

April 22, 2010

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Celebrates Partnership with Velvet Ice Cream Company with Staff Sampling and Patient Makennah’s 3rd Birthday Party

Thursday, April 22, 2010
11 a.m. – media opportunity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Outpatient Care Center entrance
555 S. 18th St.
Columbus, OH 43205
*Parking available in visitor’s parking garage located at the corner of S. 18th St. and Mooberry Dr.; media relations rep will meet you at this entrance for escort to event location

-Makennah Shoemaker, 3, NICU patient at Nationwide Children’s
-Dr. Edward Shepherd, Makennah’s doctor at NCH
-Joanne Dager, VP of Food Service at Velvet Ice Cream Co.

Makennah Shoemaker of Minerva, Ohio, will celebrate her 3rd birthday Thursday, April 22 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This is not the first birthday Makennah, born prematurely, has celebrated in the hospital. In fact, little Makennah has never celebrated her birthday outside the walls of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s – and she isn’t the first nor the last.

Every day, nurses, doctors and staff at Nationwide Children’s celebrate patients’ birthdays – birthdays that are marked with big celebrations as each is a reminder of the strength and courage of these kids and the lifesaving care the hospital provides.

That’s why Velvet Ice Cream Company has teamed up with Nationwide Children’s by introducing its newest flavor, Birthday Cake Ice Cream. A portion of the proceeds from every carton sold will benefit Nationwide Children’s, and help make more birthdays possible for patients like Makennah. Velvet’s Birthday Cake Ice Cream is currently available in stores in the Midwest region.

Come and celebrate with us as we mark Makennah’s 3rd birthday and sample Velvet’s Birthday Cake Ice Cream!


Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 355-0495
(614) 937-7316

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