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Nationwide Children’s kicks off expansion project

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The Dispatch wroteNationwide Children’s kicks off expansion

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

BY SUZANNE HOHOLIK

About 1,000 people attended the ceremony for Children’s new $480 million main hospital, part of an $800 million expansion project. The new hospital, scheduled to open in 2012, will have all private rooms, a new emergency department and several family lounge areas.

Abigail Wexner, chair of the hospital’s board of directors, said the project will create 2,000 hospital jobs that will help the local economy. Another benefit, hospital and city officials said, is the change in the neighborhood around the hospital.

This month, the hospital promised to spend $5 million to buy and renovate 50 houses in the area, extend medical care to children and families who live nearby, offer GED courses and other programs to help residents get hospital jobs, and participate in mentoring programs at Livingston Avenue Elementary School.

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