Big Lots donates $50 million to Nationwide Children’s for behavioral health expansion

CREDIT: Nationwide Children's Hospital

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Nationwide Children’s Hospital is building its new behavioral health treatment and research center with help from Big Lots, the hospital announced Wednesday.

The center will be the largest center in America dedicated to studying behavioral health in children and adolescents.

Big Lots donated $50 million to Nationwide Children’s for the center, which will be called the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.

Nationwide announced the new behavioral health building in June; it will be part of the hospital’s $730 million expansion.

The hospital said the $158 million pavilion will include 48 inpatient beds, a crisis evaluation center with observation beds, a crisis stabilization unit and outpatient programs. It is scheduled to open in 2020. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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