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6/22/16 news article

The Connor Group pledges $1 million to Dayton Children’s in honor of cancer doctor

encourages donors to reach new heights with their gifts

The Connor Group

Committed to helping Dayton Children’s Hospital reach new heights in pediatric care, The Connor Group is asking the Dayton community to participate in a $1 million challenge grant for Dayton Children’s new patient tower. For every gift pledged to the Reaching New Heights campaign between now and June 2017, the Connor Group will match dollar for dollar up to $1 million.

“It’s important we continue to provide world-class spaces at Dayton Children’s to care for our kids,” Larry Connor, managing partner of The Connor Group. “I am pledging $1 million but I am also asking community leaders to really think about what it means to have a world-class hospital in our back yard. I urge you to reach as deep as you can and join me in a substantial contribution. It’s an investment that can’t be beat, because it’s an investment in our children, their health and our future.”

“We are incredibly thankful to The Connor Group and its amazing support of the hospital,” says Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s. “This support will help create the best spaces for providing life-saving care to our region’s most critically ill babies, children and teens. It’s this sort of commitment from the community that will take this project from good to great.”

long term impact

For more than 20 years, The Connor Group Kids and Community Partnership has been dedicated to making a significant, long-term impact on the lives of kids in our region. The mission has inspired their commitment to help Dayton Children’s provide the highest level of pediatric care for generations to come. Larry and Connor Group associates invite you to support Dayton Children’s Reaching New Heights campaign. Your support will help create the best spaces for providing life-saving care to our region’s most critically ill infants, children and teens. Please join The Connor Group by making a gift to the Reaching New Heights campaign by June 2017.

a special place

Mukand Dole and patient

The Connor Group Kids and Community Partnerships’ gift will help provide a special lounge for families whose children are being treated for cancer or blood disorders at Dayton Children’s. This space will allow families to celebrate holidays and birthdays together when their child is hospitalized, relax outside of the patient room and interact with other cancer and blood disorder families.

This space will be named the Connor-Dole Family Lounge, in honor of Mukand Dole, MD, a hematology/oncology specialist at Dayton Children’s. Dr. Dole’s encouragement and support helped hundreds of children battle cancer over the years, while still allowing them to do all the activities that kids like to do. This lounge will be an important part of providing a healing environment that is just right for kids who are battling serious illnesses.

reaching new heights

“Throughout Dayton Children’s rich history, philanthropy has always played a major role,” Jena Pado, chief development officer at Dayton Children’s. “So to continue that legacy and ensure that every member of the Dayton community can be a part of this historic project, we launched the Reaching New Heights capital campaign.”

The goal of the historic Reaching New Heights capital campaign is to raise a minimum of $25 million for the $153 million transformation of the 155-bed hospital. Thanks to excellent financial stewardship, the rest of the project will be covered by hospital resources and financing.

The project includes the construction of an eight-story patient tower in the center of the North Dayton campus which will house modern patient care spaces, family-friendly amenities and the latest in technology. It will transform care by providing:

  • Better outcomes: The newly designed Newborn Intensive Care Unit will feature single-family rooms allowing for an enhanced care experience for our tiniest patients.
  • Continuity of care: For the first time, the Mills Family Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center will combine inpatient and outpatient care in one location.
  • Life-saving technology: The new Wallace Critical Care Complex will allow for more space for critical technology while maximizing efficiency and improving patient safety.
  • Optimal healing environment: Patients requiring an overnight stay will benefit from the enhanced general pediatrics inpatient unit which will feature larger single-family rooms, improved technology and upgraded family amenities.

For more information on the Reaching New Heights Capital Campaign, visit

To answer The Connor Group’s challenge, contact Dayton Children’s development department at 937-641-3405.

For more information, contact:

Stacy Porter

Public relations manager

Phone: 937-641-3666

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Mukund Dole, MD

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