Media Advisory: Dairy Queen Serves Cold Treats to Benefit Patients and Families at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

July 25, 2012

Representatives from central Ohio Dairy Queen stores visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, along with Brutus Buckeye from The Ohio State University, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the ‘Ice Cream Parlor’ in the Clinical Therapies Gym
Local Dairy Queen stores donated items to ice cream parlor for rehabilitation patients to practice simulated real life experiences 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
11:00 a.m
*suggested time of arrival, 10:50 a.m.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Clinical Therapies Gym, Determination Way
*Parking for media is available in the former KFC lot located on the corner of Parson’s Avenue and Livingston Ave. Please walk to the main entrance of the new main hospital and a media rep will meet you at the Welcome Desk.

Determination Way is an area in the Clinical Therapies gym at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that provides simulated real life experiences for our patients. The ‘ice cream parlor’ is a simulated area where patients can practice many important life skills that are compromised as a result of their injury or illness. These skills include, ordering and paying for food, using money appropriately, counting money, using good manners, getting in/out of a restaurant booth, opening food wrapping/packaging, using proper hygiene around food, practicing job skills and operating a cash register.  Once practiced in this type of simulated environment, the transition is much improved. Not only are these important skills developed, but the patients feel rewarded at the end of the session when they get to enjoy a DQ treat. 

Dairy Queen donated numerous items including the supplies, an electronic register and even ice cream cake decorating lessons to the Clinical Therapies Gym at Nationwide Children’s.

About Dairy Queen American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,000 Dairy Queen® stores in the United States, Canada and 18 other countries. ADQ is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family, a company owned by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit

About Children’s Miracle Network at Nationwide
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a national non-profit organization that provides structure and support to more than 170 children’s hospitals nationwide, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Miracle Network program at Rainbow consists of a small team that helps organize and support fundraising efforts ranging from corporate campaigns, the Change Makers grassroots coin collection program, 100% of the funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network at Nationwide Children’s Hospital goes to life-saving medical care, education and outreach programs that help prevent illness and injuries. To learn more, visit


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Susan Brewer
Annual Giving 

Erin Pope
Media Relations
Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 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 1.6 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