James P. Digan Named President of Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation

September 3, 2013

James P. Digan has been appointed president of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, effective today. He brings a wealth of diverse fundraising experience to this role including previous foundation leadership roles at other health systems, foundations and higher education institutions.

Digan was most recently president of the Rochester General Foundation, a 650-bed community health system in Rochester, N.Y.  In this position, he oversaw all philanthropy for the system.  He also previously served as executive vice president for development and chief advancement officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where his leadership was key to their successful $400 million capital campaign. 

In addition, Digan led philanthropic efforts at The Albany Medical Center Foundation, The Glaucoma Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Middlebury College and Colgate University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree.

“Philanthropy has a rich history within our organization and as the need for services grow, fundraising plays an ever more important role in our ability to fulfill Nationwide Children's mission and deliver on our strategic plan,” said Nationwide Children’s CEO Steve Allen, MD. “The in-depth knowledge of children’s hospitals and academic medicine that Jim brings to this role positions him well to build on our Foundation's success in securing critical funds and advancing our work.”

Digan will build upon the recent work the Foundation has done to strengthen corporate partnerships, foster relationships with donors and achieve fundraising goals.

Note to Editors: James P. Digan resides in Columbus, Ohio (43215).

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.