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
Community Volunteer

To provide the highest quality of patient care; advocacy for children and families; pediatric research; education of patients; and outstanding service to accommodate needs of patients and families, regardless of ability to pay.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We provided care to patients from 50 U.S. states and 28 foreign countries, resulting in nearly 1 million patient visits.

  • We ranked seventh on the U.S. News and World Report's Honor Roll list of the Best Children's Hospitals; we were one of 12 children's hospitals to earn this national distinction.

  • We provided over $114 million in charity care and community benefit services.

  • Our Research Institute received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. as an organiztion that demonstrates and emphasizes clinical study participant safeguards that surpass state and federal requirements.

  • Our Zero Hero patient safety program was awarded honorable mention among the 44 children's hospitals entered in the Children's Hospital Association's RACE for Results award program.

2012 GOALS

  • We will develop a strategic plan and identify measurable objectives related to childhood obesity and premature birth or healthy birth weight in order to help children in our community reach their full potential.

  • We will optimize the health outcomes of patients using individual leadership and team effectiveness to work across boundaries, encouraging and empowering staff to step forward and work collaboratively, regardless of their position within a work unit

  • We will continue the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families program which improves residents’ access to healthcare coverage, primary care, fresh fruits and vegetables, and prevents obesity and prematurity, while reducing infant mortality rates.

Background Statement

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) has been caring for sick and injured children and adolescents for 120 years. There has been a vast amount of change since the hospital was founded in 1892. In its first year, 70 patients were treated by a six-member staff and seven other employees. Today, we are the primary pediatric healthcare provider for 37 counties, with over 950 medical staff members and nearly 8,000 employees who provide expert care to children regardless of ability to pay. On June 11, 2012, we dedicated our new main campus: a 12-story, state-of-the-art hospital, a third, world-class research building. Here, the future health and potential of all children is being shaped. Here, our doctors are revolutionizing your child’s health and the health of future generations.

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

If we are going to truly live out the meaning of our mission, we have to work in new ways to improve the health of the whole community. In the 21st century, we can not just be a healthcare destination, we need to be a catalyst for change across the entire region. As a national pediatric leader, we aspire to provide the highest quality of care during treatment. We are also now uniquely positioned to positively shape the long-term health of children. Our results will first benefit the community we serve and in the process, redefine what is possible for children everywhere. Our shared vision is to create optimal health for every child in our community. This vision will be achieved by results across three horizons: ensuring the best outcomes and experiences for every child we treat; returning our patients to their full potential and optimal quality of life and serving as a catalyst and coordinator for the long-term health of all children.



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.

Mr. Richard J. Miller, 
Biographical Statement

Miller was appointed president and chief operating officer of Children's in October 2006. Miller joined the staff at Children's in 1986 following his graduation from The Ohio State University with a master's degree in health services administration. At the time of the appointment, Dr. Steve Allen, president and CEO stated, "I am impressed with Rick's work ethic, innovative problem-solving skills, talent for operations, and understanding of our strategic plan, as well as his passion for our mission. His unique blend of strengths will serve our organization well as we continue our quest to set the standards for children's healthcare."

Dr. Richard J. Brilli, 
Biographical Statement

Brilli, MD, was appointed chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, effective August 1, 2008. He most recently served as associate chief of staff, clinical director of the pediatric intensive care unit, designated institutional official (DIO) for graduate medical education, and co-chair of the inpatient clinical systems improvement team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Having accumulated a wealth of general pediatric, pediatric critical care, and transport medicine experience, both clinical and academic, Brilli is nationally known for his leadership in safety and quality initiatives. NCH CEO Steve Allen, MD, said, “As we head into a period of unprecedented growth, I am confident that Dr. Brilli’s pediatric expertise, strong research and academic background, and focus on quality outcomes make him the right person to lead medical staff efforts crucial to achieving our strategic plan."

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 4381 
Number of Part-Time Staff: 3365 
Number of Volunteers: 1511 
Staff Retention Rate: 85% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 5
Current Plan Adopted 9/2009
Additional Organization Information

Ohio Healthy Birth Outcomes; Partners for Kids; Access HealthColumbus; American Heart Association; CenBeb 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.


Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GI) at Nationwide Children's Hospital ranks among the best pediatric gastroenterology programs nationwide, providing comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver, and nutritional problems. We strive for excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care, and we maintain a cadre of physician-scientists committed to increasing our understanding of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders in children. The Center for Digestive Disorders opened in 2008 and consolidates GI care into a single GI Center. This advanced facility is dedicated to the early detection, treatment, and prevention of GI disorders. This center features a contemporary design, utilizing the latest technology, while creating an environment committed to family-centered care. NCH physicians received consecutive Masters Awards for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences in 2008 and 2009.

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Heart Center

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's is a world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facility for pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardio-myopathy. We offer everything one might expect to find at a nationally renowned, children's heart center. In addition to our expertise, compassion and advanced technologies, we also provide our patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere; all cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services are consolidated into a comprehensive model.

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Specialty Research

Our Research Institute is one of the nation's 10th largest free-standing pediatric research centers. We work to enhance the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research. The work we do is dedicated to improving the health of children and their families. The talented and dedicated scientists are surrounded by an agile, state-of-the-art infrastructure. We believe that talent and support equal success. Success means that their work finds its way from the laboratory to the bedside quickly, alleviating suffering. Research areas include: bio-behavioral health; cardiovascular medicines; cell and vascular biology; childhood cancer; perinatal research; gene therapy; injury research; microbial pathogenesis; molecular and human genetics; and vaccines and immunity.

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Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC)

Our NIC programs, the largest, most comprehensive network in America, provide state-of-the-art treatment and follow-up of extremely premature and medically fragile neonates. Our goal is to provide the resources and expertise necessary to provide extraordinary, family-centered care. Our team of rigorously trained neonatologists, advanced-practice nurses, and other healthcare specialists provide around-the-clock treatment for newborns. NCH is participating in the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes collaborative clinical prevention program designed to reduce the frequency of pre-term birth and its consequences. While some babies benefit from pre-term delivery due to maternal complications, prematurity overall continues as a major public health issue.

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Pediatric Cancer Care and Research

Nationwide Children's Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant's mission is for our patients to survive and to continue living normal, healthy lives with their families. We treat the full array of blood disorders, cancers, immune-deficiency disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, and inherited metabolic storage diseases in patients ranging in age from neonates to young adults. Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant is comprised of the following programs: Cancer, Blood Disorders, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Clinical Trials, and the Center for Childhood Cancer. NCH has Ohio's largest program and is home to the country's largest pediatric cancer tissue bank. Hematology and Oncology has a multi-disciplinary and specially trained healthcare team. Each child has a core medical team that is responsible for the child's care, long-term planning, and major medical decisions.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012
Projected Revenue $885,204,000
Projected Expense $746,261,000
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $658,000,000
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Direct Support $93,077,708  $84,670,027  $74,047,064 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $93,077,708  $84,670,027  $74,047,064 
Government $46,860,690  $46,041,066  $38,674,199 
Indirect Public Support $275,209  $639,984  $352,830 
Earned Revenue $930,564,162  $851,308,826  $787,027,303 
Interest and Dividends $16,955,462  $24,872,940  $11,675,422 
Membership Dues $10,165  $12,260  $9,410 
Special Events -$246,316  -$341,190  -$326,474 
Other $7,743,844  $7,869,984  $7,251,713 
TOTAL REVENUE $1,095,240,924  $1,015,073,897  $918,711,467 

Expense by Type

  2011   2010   2009  
Programs $741,023,893  $709,672,273  $647,584,033 
Administration $196,698,902  $180,429,258  $172,811,526 
Fundraising $1,871,356  $2,348,197  $2,723,926 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $939,594,151  $892,449,728  $823,119,485 

Assets and Liabilities

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Assets $1,911,730,173  $1,781,647,447  $1,572,725,197 
Current Assets $295,607,442  $292,675,414  $267,042,696 
Total Liabilities $678,094,230  $635,181,009  $591,196,566 
Current Liabilities $243,159,230  $192,371,008  $140,176,566 
NET ASSETS $1,233,635,943  $1,146,466,438  $981,528,631 


TCF Staff:

The audits did not provide a detailed breakdown of revenue sources, so this information was taken from the Forms 990s. Other revenue consists of billing services to affiliates, the childcare center, and the gift shop.

Documents Form 990 2011 Form 990 2010 Form 990 2009

All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.