Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

Transforming Children’s Mental Health Through an Unprecedented Community Commitment

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Welcome to the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

There is an extraordinary need – in central Ohio and across the country – for more behavioral health services and research to help children and adolescents.

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital represents an effort to address that need. Thanks to a transformational $50 million gift from Big Lots and their Foundation, we constructed America’s largest center dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health on a pediatric medical campus.

Featuring inpatient services, intensive outpatient services, a Psychiatric Crisis Department and research all under one roof, this integrated pediatric behavioral health approach serves as a model for other health care systems across the nation.

An Inside Look at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion is nine stories and 386,000 square feet. It uniquely integrates acute behavioral health services with intensive outpatient programs.

It’s transformational. It’s innovative. It’s stigma-breaking.

The Pavilion prioritizes patient safety in a colorful, friendly environment for those dealing with severe behavioral health concerns. Take a look at what's included in the Pavilion below. 

Patients and Families: Different services and departments will move into the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at different times. For more information or to confirm your appointment location, please contact your provider.

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Lower Floor

  • Cafeteria
  • Gift Shop
  • Conference/Training Rooms

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Fifth Floor

Seventh Floor

  • Inpatient Units

Eighth Floor

  • Inpatient Units

Ninth Floor

  • Gym
  • Outdoor Play Deck
South Facade Behavioral Health Pavilion

A Look Inside: Stigma-Breaking Features

The goal of the design of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion is to offer an experience that breaks stigmas.

The Pavilion’s look and feel mirrors that of the main hospital, offering hope, optimism and ensuring a consistent experience for patients across their care journey.

Placing the Pavilion centrally on our downtown campus speaks to Nationwide Children’s commitment to connecting mental and physical health, viewing them as equally important.

Outdoor space at Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

Family-centered care is a priority. Outdoor courtyards, a sanctuary and the Ronald McDonald Family Room offer respite to families.

Play Deck

Because exercise is important for mental health, a gym, fitness room and rooftop play deck allow patients to run and play.

Psychiatric Crisis Department

The cornerstone of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion is the Psychiatric Crisis Department.

Featuring 24/7 psychiatric crisis care, it’s like an emergency room, but for children experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis.

Every feature of the Psychiatric Crisis Department is specifically designed to help kids in a crisis. The Psychiatric Crisis Department has an Extended Observation Suite and other features that allow ample time for assessment. This ensures the best treatment plan is identified for each patient.

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Pavilion consult room

Inside the New Psychiatric Crisis Department: Messages of Support From Across America

Project SNAP artwork

10,000 people from across the country contributed their creativity for a mosaic mural that offers messages of hope and support to patients and families awaiting care at the Psychiatric Crisis Department.

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An Unprecedented Community Commitment

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion was made possible through a collaborative effort with community-based providers.

We’ve come together to find innovative new ways to help meet a growing demand for behavioral health services. Collectively, our community has made great strides in expanding inpatient and outpatient services.

The Pavilion is a great leap forward, but it couldn’t have been done without the leadership and forethought of our partners.

Primary Care and Behavioral Health

Central Ohio Partners Joining Together to Transform Children’s Mental Health

The Journey to The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion