Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has announced a $36 million gift from Convalescent Hospital for Children in support of efforts to improve mental health care for children and teens.
The single largest gift ever to the hospital includes $30 million to help fund construction of a five-story, $90 million inpatient facility on its College Hill campus and $6 million to expand its mental health programs. With a hundred inpatient beds and an additional thirty specialized residential beds, Cincinnati Children's currently offers the most extensive inpatient mental healthcare services of any children's hospital in the country. The new facility will increase the number of private rooms and therapeutic treatment spaces at the hospital, enabling it to tailor the care it provides to better meet the needs of patients.
Established in 1832, Convalescent Hospital for Children raises funds for several specialized mental health programs at Cincinnati Children's, including the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program for children suffering from injury or illness that leaves them with physical and/or cognitive disabilities; the Transitional Care Center, which helps children with complex chronic medical conditions transition from hospital to home; the Children's Psychiatric Unit, which provides inpatient and partial hospitalization psychiatric care for children up to age 12; adolescent and medical psychiatric services for teens up to age 18 who need combined medical and psychiatric services; and Project SEARCH, which provides healthcare, education, and support services.
"Convalescent Hospital for Children is especially proud to join the world-renowned Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to advance our collective efforts in acknowledging and addressing the growing tidal wave of mental health needs facing our children and their families," said Convalescent Hospital for Children president Susan Shelton. "Our goal is to ensure that this region becomes and remains the model for the entire nation."