in Columbus, Ohio, has announced a $50 million commitment from and the in support of behavioral health services at the hospital.
The largest corporate donation specifically devoted to a pediatric and adolescent behavioral health program will underwrite the construction of a 250,000-square-foot, $158 million treatment and research pavilion on the hospital's main campus. In recognition of the gift, the new facility will be named the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, while the Nationwide Children's Hospital Behavioral Health Program will be renamed in honor of Big Lots. The pledge is part of the hospital's "Be the Reason" fundraising campaign, which launched its public phase in August.
Announced in June, the largest comprehensive facility in the country dedicated to children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions is scheduled to open in 2020 with forty-eight inpatient beds, a crisis evaluation center, a crisis stabilization unit, and outpatient programs.
"People are afraid to talk about behavioral health conditions," said Big Lots president and CEO David Campisi. "But families need support, no different than if their child had cancer or diabetes. Nationally, behavioral health programming is underfunded and ignored. We're going to address that with our gift. It's the right thing to do. Now is the right time, and Nationwide Children's Hospital is the right partner."