Friday, October 04, 2013
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced today that it will receive a $20 million gift over eight years from the Convalescent Hospital for Children. This is the single largest contribution ever made to the medical center and will be used to expand mental health facilities and long-term and respite care services.
“This extraordinary gift will make it possible for us to better meet the growing need for mental health and long-term care for kids and teens in our area,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. “We are extremely grateful to the Convalescent Hospital board for their support.”
“Our mission has always been focused on the care of children with complex medical and mental health issues who are often in need of support over a very long period of time,” said Pam Terp, president of the Convalescent Hospital for Children. “We’re very proud to make this gift, which underscores our ongoing commitment to these children and their families.”
The $20 million gift will be used to:
This gift from the Convalescent Hospital for Children is expected to fund a substantial portion of the estimated total cost of both projects. Additional philanthropic support will be sought to cover the remainder of the project costs.
Mental Health Care at Cincinnati Children’s
In 2002, the Convalescent Hospital for Children helped Cincinnati Children’s establish a modern pediatric mental health facility in College Hill by opening two inpatient psychiatric units and two residential units. Today, the College Hill Campus is the only residential treatment facility operating in a pediatric hospital in all of Ohio. It currently provides outpatient, inpatient, and residential services. The facility serves nearly 2,100 inpatients each year, ages from 2-18. It offers horticulture, equine therapy and animal care programs.
Long-Term Care at Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children’s has provided long-term care to patients over many years at its main campus in Avondale thanks to ongoing support from the Convalescent Hospital. The vision is to provide a continuum of care for children with very complex conditions who need skilled nursing and medical care over an extended period of time. Cincinnati Children’s plans to collaborate with existing long-term care providers in the community as it develops its plans. Hospital officials said that many specifics still have to be worked out.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S.News and World Report’s 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for cancer and in the top 10 for nine of 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org. Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.
Formerly known by its original name of the Convalescent Hospital for Children and Orphan Asylum, Convalescent Hospital for Children was established in 1833 to serve children with chronic conditions requiring long-term hospital care. While Convalescent Hospital for Children closed its physical doors many years ago, today it has a volunteer board that raises funds and provides financial support for several specialized programs and other services housed at Cincinnati Children's including: