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3/16/16news article

$250K grant from The Dayton Foundation helps elevate pediatric care to new heights

The Dayton Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant, made possible by the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund, to Dayton Children’s Hospital for its Destination 2020 campus renewal plan. Included in this plan is the construction of a 260,000-square-foot, eight-story patient tower, with new care spaces designed to keep up with modern medical technology and higher patient care expectations.

“We are proud to support Dayton Children’s, which has been a vital community asset for nearly 50 years,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “The Foundation’s grant and other community support will help to ease the burdens on families with sick or injured children who utilize the hospital’s critical and life-saving care each year.”

The new patient tower will include child- and family-friendly enhancements to make their stay during treatments more enjoyable. These include indoor/outdoor play spaces and a teen room for children battling cancer and blood disorders; a newborn intensive care unit with single-family rooms to reduce infection and increase privacy; and updated life-saving equipment and care spaces for the Wallace Critical Care Complex. Also relocating to the new tower will be the General Pediatrics unit, a child-friendly healing environment for kids recovering from complex surgeries and other treatments.

“As one of only 45 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility solely dedicated to children,” said Deborah Feldman, president and CEO for Dayton Children’s. “With 70 percent of our current facilities approaching the 40-year mark, the new facility is being built to keep up with the ever-changing world of healthcare, but more importantly, to create the right kind of spaces to provide life-saving and specialized care to our region’s most critically ill and injured children for generations to come.”

Said Jena Pado, CFRE, chief Development officer for Dayton Children’s, “We are truly grateful for the grant from the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation. This early leadership gift was an important stamp of approval that inspired others to support our capital campaign to fund special features and enhancements to the project, however strong community support is necessary to achieve the campaign’s goal.”

More about the Foundation’s grant to support Dayton Children’s project, including the lasting impact Dayton Children’s has had on two local families, is available on The Dayton Foundation’s website and in a video.

About The Dayton Foundation
Established in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton that helps people to help others. The Foundation manages more than 3,300 charitable funds which have provided over 290,000 grants totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars to nonprofits over its 94-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation, visit our website at or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Phone: 937-641-3666

Deborah Feldman

president and chief executive officer
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