MEDIA ADVISORY: NHL Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno and his wife, Janelle, announce significant, far-reaching financial gifts to Boston Childrens Hospital and Nationwide Childrens Hospital

October 10, 2016

WHAT: National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno and his wife, Janelle, announce significant, far-reaching financial gifts to Boston Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Media representatives are asked to park in the lot on the west side of Parsons Ave., between the Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Ave. and Research Building III at 575 Children’s Crossroad (building sits on the corner of Livingston and Parsons).  Turn west onto Children’s Crossroad from Parsons Ave. and then turn right into the parking lot.  From there, walk across Parsons Ave. to the main entrance of the hospital where escorts will meet you at the Welcome Desk and provide tokens to exit the lot.
WHO: Nick, Janelle and Milana Foligno
Sitaram Emani, MD, Associate in Cardiac Surgery; Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program; Director, Complex Biventricular Repair Program; Surgical Director, Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School.
John Cheatham, MD, Co- Director of The Heart Center; Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy; George H. Dunlap Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Jim Digan, President, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
WHY: When Nick and Janelle’s daughter, Milana Maria, was born in October 2013, the Foligno family was thrust into the frightening world of life-threatening congenital heart defects.  The family’s journey brought them to pediatric heart specialists at Boston Children’s and Nationwide Children’s hospitals, resulting in Nick and Janelle’s passion to honor their daughter and impact pediatric congenital heart care and research for children everywhere.  
Boston Children’s Hospital
Kristen Dattoli, (617) 919-3141; Email:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Pam Barber/Danielle Warner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (614) 355-0495
Columbus Blue Jackets
Karen Davis, Columbus Blue Jackets (614) 246-4310; Email:

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