Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has launched the public phase of its "Be the Reason" fundraising campaign with the announcement of a $15 million gift from campaign co-chair Ann I. Wolfe and her late husband, John F. Wolfe.
The gift from the couple will support research imaging capabilities and endowed chair opportunities at the hospital, while funds raised by the campaign will help finance a $730 million expansion, including a $158 million Behavioral Health Pavilion; research; efforts to recruit and retain world-class talent; the creation of new programs; and capital improvements. The expansion project will help accommodate growth at Nationwide Children's central campus, enabling the hospital to pursue its mission of providing care to all children, regardless of their families' ability to pay.
A hospital board member since 1982, Wolfe became the first woman to chair the board in 1990 and served a second term as chair from 2001 to 2002. She currently chairs the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation board, a role in which she first served from 1987 to 1990. As chair of the hospital's last two campaigns, Wolfe has spearheaded fundraising efforts that have raised nearly $500 million for the hospital. John Wolfe, former owner and publisher of the Columbus Dispatch, died in June at the age of 72.
"On behalf of Nationwide Children's Hospital patients, families, and staff, I want to express our deepest gratitude to Ann and the Wolfe family for their commitment of $15 million to the 'Be the Reason' campaign and Ann's extraordinary efforts in leading this initiative," said Nationwide Children's Hospital CEO Steve Allen. "Community leaders such as the Wolfe family and thought leaders at Nationwide Children's have been instrumental in helping to place the hospital at the forefront of pediatric healthcare advances and building upon the many past successes Nationwide Children's Hospital has experienced."