Media Advisory: Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 16, 2017


Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony


Friday, June 16 at Noon


Nationwide Children’s Hospital
444 Butterfly Gardens Drive


  • David Campisi, CEO and President of Big Lots, Inc

  • Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children’s

  • Alex Fischer, Nationwide Children’s Board Chair

  • Mariel Hemingway, actress, author and patient advocate

  • Behavioral Health patient and parent


Upon completion the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will be a freestanding facility fully dedicated to children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions. Thanks to a transformational $50 million gift from Big Lots and their Foundation, Nationwide Children’s will break ground on America’s largest behavioral health treatment and research center just for children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus. As the most comprehensive of its kind nationally, the Pavilion will be nine stories at completion. The Pavilion will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children’s research team and community partner agencies and offer the opportunity for expanded education/training for those in the Behavioral Health field. The approximately 386,000 sq. ft. building is slated to open in 2020. The building will ramp up to support 48 inpatient beds, with capacity for more in the future, for three units; Adolescent Inpatient, Child Inpatient and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. It will also have a Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit, consisting of 16 additional beds, and a Psychiatric Crisis Center, consisting of 10 additional beds.

Clinical programs housed within the Pavilion include five outpatient programs; Outpatient Crisis Clinic, Mood & Anxiety, Family Based Intensive Treatment, General Psychiatry and a Partial Hospitalization Program. The Center for Suicide Prevention & Research will also be housed here.  Designed to enhance the family-centered care approach to treatment, the Pavilion will have a Family Resource Center, a rooftop outdoor play area, and worship and meditation spaces.

*Parking for media is available in the Yellow Garage located at 420 Butterfly Gardens Drive near the corner of South Grant Avenue and East Livingston Avenue.

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