Columbus, Ohio – Behavioral health and genomics research are among several programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that will continue to receive funding as part of a new $10 million gift the Nationwide Foundation is making through its pediatric innovation fund.
Nationwide Children’s will use this new support from the Nationwide Foundation to expand the hospital’s research portfolio on pediatric behavioral health issues. The medical industry recognizes that treatment alone will not solve the behavioral health epidemic affecting the country. The search for better prevention and better clinical treatment is vital.
Funds from this year’s donation will also continue to benefit the hospital Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute of Genomic Medicine (IGM). Established in 2016, IGM remains one of the few pediatric personalized genomic medicine programs in the United States and focuses on genomics as the root cause of many childhood diseases. Since its inception, the IGM has provided more than 59,000 genomics-based clinical tests to more than 16,000 patients with a wide variety of conditions.
“The Pediatric Innovation Fund has been a game-changer,” said Tim Robinson, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “These funds are accelerating key initiatives across our organization, advancing promising discoveries and tackling some of the toughest problems in pediatrics today. With support from the Nationwide Foundation, we have attracted and funded some of the brightest minds in pediatric research and care. It’s an impact that will be felt for decades. »
Other programs benefiting from this year’s $10 million donation include:
On our sleeves
This year’s donation will also continue to support the Nationwide Children’s Hospital On our sleeves® movement that aims to break stigma and start conversations about children’s mental health. The program has provided free mental health educational resources to more than 3 million people since 2018 and has attracted local and national partners.
This year’s donation will support additional research as well as nationwide marketing and awareness for the second phase of The Great Collide research, which specifically investigates the impact of children’s mental health on work place. The original study, funded by the Innovation Fund in 2021, found that employee concerns about pediatric mental health affect businesses. The funding will also support the production of Bloom curriculum materials for employees, an Ohio convening event featuring key space stakeholders, and more.
Population Health in Linden
Support from the 2022 award will continue to invest in vital, evidence-based programs to help ensure a healthy future for all children in Columbus’ historic Linden neighborhood. Last yearthe Nationwide Foundation has committed $2 million to the Nationwide Children’s Healthy Neighborhoods, Health Families initiative to create affordable single-family housing in Linden.
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
Infected patients have better outcomes if cared for by an infectious disease subspecialist. Support from the 2022 Innovation Fund will provide a host defense program against infectious diseases.
New Endowed Chair at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Another important funding goal for the new $10 million gift will support the establishment of the National Foundation Endowed Chair for Clinical and Translational Research. The chair will be awarded to John David Spencer, MD, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Principal Investigator at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. With the creation of the chair, Nationwide Children’s leadership role in this area will expand and help ensure that no child will have to leave the Ohio center for world-class care.
“The Nationwide Foundation is proud to be able to make a difference by partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on solutions for our community and on critically important research that impacts and improves the well-being of children and their families. said the Nationwide CEO and the Nationwide Foundation. President kirt walker.
The Nationwide Foundation established the Pediatric Innovation Fund in 2014 to target strategic investments in pediatric and community health and to accelerate the most promising research and clinical discoveries at Nationwide Children’s. So far, the foundation has contributed $90 million to the fund, including the 2022 gift. With the Nationwide Foundation’s initial gift of $50 million in 2006, its contributions have now reached $140 million. Additionally, Nationwide’s sports marketing programs, including the National Children’s Hospital Championship, have raised more than $50 million since 2011 to support hospital programs.
“Creating the Pediatric Innovation Fund has allowed us to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of children and their families, not just locally, but around the world,” Walker said. “Research discoveries and innovations taking place at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are shared with children’s hospitals nationwide and around the world to help children around the world.”
About Children’s National Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on US News and World Reports The 2020-21 “Best Hospitals for Children” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest independent, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare systems offering wellness, preventive, diagnostic , treatment and rehabilitation for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease.
Nationwide Children’s employs more than 13,000 people and delivers state-of-the-art pediatric care through more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As the home of the Ohio State University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, Nationwide’s 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 independent pediatric research institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
About the National Foundation
the National Foundation is a private, not-for-profit foundation to which Nationwide companies are donors. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has contributed more than $550 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in the communities where Nationwide associates and their families live and work.
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