Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation
The Columbus Foundation Award Recipient
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P.O. Box 16810
Columbus, OH 43216-6810
Mr. Timothy C. Robinson
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CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Steven J. Allen
Chief Executive Officer
Board Chair
Mr. Alex R. Fischer
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Provide the highest quality of patient care; advocacy for children & families; pediatric research & education; & outstanding service for patients & families, regardless of ability to pay.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We achieved honor roll on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's Best Children's Hospitals.


  • We were listed as the top-ten National Institute of Health funded research institute.

  • We increased our philanthropic impact:

    • 40,804 donors giving more than $55 million
    • Provided more than $128 million in charity care and community benefit services.
  • We treated patients from 41 foreign countries.

  • We became the first pediatric institution to aspire to zero preventable harm and set it as the first healthcare institution to develop a preventable harm index, a model that is now used both statewide and nationally.


  • We will continue to train the next generation of healthcare providers. This plan increased the number of residents and fellows at Nationwide Children's, with the goal of retaining the best and brightest here within our service areas.

  • We will advance wellness and population health in three areas: 1) better managing populations with poor outcomes and high costs; 2) expanding behavioral health services to improve access; and 3) improving home, work, and school environments.

  • We will attract and retain the best people to grow our programs. Our strategic initiatives will include a liver transplant program.

  • Our key infrastructure investments will support the integration of clinical and research programs. We will establish core advanced analytic capabilities and will create a new standard with Genomics or Precision Medicine.

  • We will continue to structure our patient and family medical care journey around best-in-class initiatives, inculding Navigate My Care, Do Not Harm Me, Cure Me, and Treat Me With Respect.

Background Statement

In 1892, a small group of philanthropically minded citizens formed an organization to care for impoverished, sick children. In the first year of existence, six staff members cared for 70 patients in a nine-bed facility. Since then, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has grown into one of the world’s premier pediatric healthcare institutions with more than 500 beds, and over 9,000 employees. We are the third largest and fourth busiest children’s hospital in the nation. Our patients come to us from every county in Ohio, every state in the nation, and 31 foreign countries around the world. 

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we consider every aspect of the care we provide for the child who comes to us with pediatric cancer, congenital heart disease, or cystic fibrosis to the child who comes to us with a sprain, a broken bone, or a simple fever. We provide the highest quality care to all children and their families, regardless of ability to pay. We experience over 1 million patient visits annually and are committed to ensuring each and every child is able to achieve their fullest potential. Because we care for every child regardless of the family’s ability to pay, we provided over $128 million in charity care and community services in 2014.

Statement from Dr. Steven J. Allen, Chief Executive Officer

Nationwide Children’s is on a Journey to Best. This Journey is the road map for the next five years and beyond; enabling us to fulfill our promise that “When your child needs a hospital, everything matters.” Through our strategic plan we will accelerate that journey with a vision of best outcomes achieved through the best people & the best programs. We define outcomes as not only what happens at the point of acute care, but also the periods between and after care when a child has better health. We view best outcomes in the broadest sense to include: access, satisfaction, safety, education, operations & employee satisfaction. Our success will create the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated pediatric healthcare delivery system, all built on a foundation of preeminent programs integrating research with clinical care. Our staff is the driving force that will make this happen; we will achieve best outcomes in everything we do because every person owns their role in our shared success



Dr. Steven J. Allen, 
Term Start 7/2006 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Allen has been CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital since July 2006. The hospital is nationally recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report and Parent magazine. Allen increased Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s role as an advocate for all children. Under his guidance, the hospital has undertaken several innovative new community partnerships including a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization program next to its main campus, new collaborations to combat childhood obesity and prematurity, and the hospital will double in size with new state of the art clinical and research facilities. Prior to coming to Columbus, Allen was a physician, scientist, teacher, and executive at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine and awarded a master’s of business administration. He currently serves on several boards locally and nationally.

Mr. Timothy C. Robinson, 
Biographical Statement

Robinson joined our staff in 1995 as assistant treasurer and has been serving as chief financial officer since 1997. He is currently serving as interim president of NCH, as we currently search for a president. Prior to his employment at NCH, he served as treasurer for The Kobacker Company, a national shoe retailer with over 800 stores. Robinson is credited with leading Children's strong financial performance over the last several years. As a mark of this success, Moody's Investor Services has awarded Children's Hospital, Inc. with an Aa2 bond rating, its highest mark of financial performance; it is one of only three children's hospitals in theUnited Statesto receive this rating. Robinson also serves on a number of the hospital's subsidiaries boards, including its site management organization for clinical trials; its surgery center; its homecare company; and a number of physician practice groups.

Dr. Richard J. Brilli, 
Biographical Statement

Dr. Brilli, M.D. is chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s and Prof. of Pediatrics, Div. of Critical Care Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics at OSU College of Medicine. Dr. Brilli joined the hospital in August 2008. He is responsible for assuring optimal clinical performance to achieve efficient, effective, and transformational outcomes as related to quality, safety, and regulatory guidelines. He has led the hospital on a safety and high reliability transformational journey, entitled Zero Hero,the goal to eliminate preventable harm by the end of 2013. He has led or co-led multiple teams that have culminated in improvements in outcomes at the State and National level. In Ohio, Dr. Brilli is a steering team member of the collaborative called “Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety” with the aim of eliminating serious safety events and serious harm within all 8 Ohio Children’s Hospitals by 2015.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 7507 
Number of Part-Time Staff: 3166 
Number of Volunteers: 1497 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 5
Current Plan Adopted 9/2014
Additional Organization Information

Ohio Healthy Birth Outcomes; Partners for Kids; Access HealthColumbus; American Heart Association; CenBen USA Healthcare Foundation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Children's Oncology Group; Columbus Public Health; Columbus City Schools; Columbus Medical Association Foundation; Columbus Fetal Medicine Collaborative; March of Dimes; National Institutes of Health; Ohio Action for Healthy Kids; Prevent Child Abuse Ohio; The Muscular Dystrophy Association

Government Licenses Disabled Care/Facilities
Health Care
Chemical Distribution (Over-the-Counter Medication)
National Accreditations Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education - Accreditation
American Association of Blood Banks - Accreditation
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Medical Rehabilitation - 3 Year Accreditation
Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation
Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) - Hospital Accreditation


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Alex R. Fischer,
Board Chair Term 7/2012 -  6/2014  
Board Members
Mr. Theodore L. Adams,  
Mr. David M. Aronowitz,  
Mr. George S. Barrett,  
Mr. Joseph A. Chlapaty,  
Dr. Brian Coley,  
Ms. Pamela T. Farber,  
Mr. Michael Fiorile,  
Mr. John B. Gerlach Jr.,  
Mr. Lawrence A. Hilsheimer,  
Mr. Robert H. Jeffrey,  
Mr. W.G. Jurgensen,  
Mr. C. Robert Kidder,  
Dr. Catherine Lucey,  
Mrs. Cheryl Lucks,  
The Honorable Algenon L. Marbley,  
Mr. Donald P. McConnell,  
Mr. Craig O. Morrison,  
Mr. Timothy C. Robinson,  
Mrs. Barbara C. Trueman,  
Mr. R. Blane Walter,  
Mrs. Ann I. Wolfe,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 62% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 86%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 0%
Gender Female 27%
  Male 73%
Race African-American/Black 11%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 89%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC)

Caring for more than 4,000 babies each year, we are one of the largest neonatal centers in the nation, dedicated to treating, and ultimately preventing, all complications of prematurity. We are proud to be one of just 18 elite research centers in the Neonatal Research Network, a national network of investigators leading the way in neonatal medicine.

Our services include: our newly developed Comprehensive Center for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), a multifactorial disease that causes impaired lung function; inpatient, outpatient and telemedicine treatment for babies across the country; and our Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program, working hand-in-hand with Children’s Center for Perinatal Research. From the newly renovated NICU on our main campus to our off-campus special care units, our patients and their families receive care in the most technologically advanced and family-centered environments available anywhere.

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Patients travel from across the US & the world to our GI program. Ranked consistently as a top 10 digestive disorders program by US News & World Report, this program provides comprehensive patient care for a broad range of GI, liver & nutritional problems. Our gastroenterologists are highly trained pediatric physicians, skilled in the full range of digestive & liver diseases and disorders; dedicated to the highest level of care. Each physician specializes in a particular area, working as a team with pediatric nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat diseases & disorders, while collaborating with other specialists, such as dietitians and behavioral and developmental psychologists, to provide coordinated care. We strive for excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care.

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Heart Center

The Heart Center has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. Consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation by US News & World Report, The Heart Center is a center of excellence where every child who walks through our doors will receive treatment that rivals the best in the nation. We offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything you expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric & adult patients with congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities.

All locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere. Our specialty clinics include Kawasaki Disease, Adult Fontan, Cardiomyopathy and Transplant, Fetal Cardiac, and Neuromuscular Disorders and Heart Problems. Our clinics on campus and located throughout Ohio are staffed with the most experienced heart physicians and nurses.

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Pediatric Cancer Care and Research

Each year, more than 150 patients are diagnosed with cancer at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Annually, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits exceed 13,000 in total. We offer world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for patients with cancer and acute and chronic blood disorders. Our goal is to create an environment where patients can achieve optimal health while being treated for acute and chronic blood disorders and cancer. Dedicating numerous resources to our patients and their families is what makes Nationwide Children’s Hospital a leader in Hematology/Oncology/BMT. Parents Magazine includes Nationwide Children's Hospital on its exclusive list of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals in 2013. In addition to overall quality, Nationwide Children's ranks 6th in Hematology/Oncology services.

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Specialty Research

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the US  and is ranked in the top 10 for NIH funding among free-standing children’s hospitals. We work to enhance the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research. Organized into 12 Centers of Emphasis that allow traditional academic boundaries to be crossed and merged to facilitate interdisciplinary research: Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine, Injury Research and Policy, Biobehavioral Health, Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Microbial Pathogenesis, Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, Molecular and Human Genetics, Clinical and Translational Research, Perinatal Research, Gene Therapy and Vaccines and Immunity. Our investigators have access to cutting-edge shared resources, which provide a cost-efficient way to keep advanced technology available to all faculty.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Projected Revenue $1,390,106,341
Projected Expense $243,553,124
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $658,000,000
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $101,120,826  $25,000  $93,077,708 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $101,120,826  $25,000  $93,077,708 
Government $55,783,785  $46,860,690 
Indirect Public Support $170,020  $275,209 
Earned Revenue $1,204,577,557  $930,564,162 
Interest and Dividends $19,415,033  $16,955,462 
Membership Dues $7,660  $10,165 
Special Events $66,780  -$246,316 
Other $8,964,680  $7,743,844 
TOTAL REVENUE $1,390,106,341  $25,000  $1,095,240,924 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $899,580,276  $25,000  $741,023,893 
Administration $244,787,705  $196,698,902 
Fundraising $2,185,236  $1,871,356 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,146,553,217  $25,000  $939,594,151 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $2,536,491,133  $53,914  $1,911,730,173 
Current Assets $411,926,603  $53,914  $295,607,442 
Total Liabilities $697,917,611  $678,094,230 
Current Liabilities $206,087,611  $243,159,230 
NET ASSETS $1,838,573,522  $53,914  $1,233,635,943 


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