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9/13/11news article

Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center fundraising goal exceeded

lottery winners make the donation to complete MeadWestvaco Foundation challenge

Dayton Children’s is pleased to announce the completion of the renovation and expansion of the Soin Pediatric Trauma & Emergency Center. The construction coincides with the completion of the $5.3 million fundraising campaign.


A total of $5,487,114 was raised from 184 donors over three years which surpasses the campaign goal of $5.3 million.  Led by campaign chair Patti Schear of Oakwood, a committee of 11 volunteers worked to raise funds for the past three years. “It’s been a difficult time to be raising funds, but our committee members never wavered in their dedication to the project.” says Schear.

The Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center is named for the lead donors to the project, Raj and Indu Soin, who generously announced their transformational donation in September 2009 when the renovation began. Other major donors to the project include the TWIGS Auxiliary, Linda Black-Kurek and James Kurek, Dr. and Mrs. G. Frank Johnson, Dr. and Mrs. Mason Jones, and Lee and Patti Schear

In January of this year, a generous grant from the MeadWestvaco Foundation ensured the campaign’s success. The Foundation matched one dollar for every two dollars raised – up to $225,000. Donors, David W. Coterel, Sr. of Riverside, and his son, David Coterel, Jr. of Kettering,  stepped up to complete the challenge grant. The Coterel family won the Powerball jackpot in 2007. Coterel, Jr. owns Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson dealership in Xenia.  The dealership has hosted several fundraising events over the last year to support the hospital.

When the renovation and expansion project was launched three years ago, projections estimated it would take 10 years to serve 70,000 children annually on an emergency basis. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, Dayton Children’s cared for 69,689 children in the center for everything from minor injuries like cuts and broken bones to life threatening illness and major trauma.

The total project cost $8.5 million and was completed on time and under budget. The new space improves patient care, reduces wait times and creates a better overall experience for families when their child becomes ill or injured. The project doubled the size of the center, increasing capacity for trauma care, improving efficiency, reducing wait times, providing important child and family amenities, and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere when kids and families need it most.

Total emergency department visits in the past four years (fiscal year is July 1 to June 30):

  • 2007-08 – 57,622
  • 2008-09 – 59,304
  • 2009-10 – 66,570
  • 2010-11 – 69,689

For more information, contact: 
Grace Rodney 
Marketing Communications Specialist 
Phone: 937-641-3666