Step inside most health care facilities, and it’s not long before you start spotting names. Here’s how five brands and individuals have left their mark on lobbies, wings and even entire hospitals in Franklin County.
JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research
JEGS Foundation Lobby in the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, OSU Wexner Medical Center
When it opens later this year, the main lobby in the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital will honor a donation from a family of professional drag racers. The JEGS Foundation Lobby follows a $10 million donation from the Coughlin family, which owns automotive equipment company JEGS Automotive Inc. and a record-breaking professional racing team. Company founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. is a cancer survivor, and several other family members and friends have been touched by the disease.
Justice: Tween Brands Lobby, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
This clothing retailer, best known for its Justice and Brothers brands, supported Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s 2007 Change Their Tomorrow campaign, funding various areas of need throughout the hospital. Tween Brands is recognized on signs throughout the hospital, most notably in its new main lobby.
The Longaberger Co.
Longaberger Nutrition Center, OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center
In 1996, the Newark-based basket retailer funded the centerpiece of OhioHealth’s McConnell Heart Health Center, a fitness facility aimed at preventing heart disease. This atrium cafe includes a kitchen and deli that offer healthy options and cooking classes.
The Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is named for the Columbus-based insurance company and its $50 million donation in 2006 to what was then Columbus Children’s Hospital. This remains the second-largest donation to any children’s hospital in the country. The money funded several research labs and endowed chairs.
Richard J. Solove
Richard J. Solove Research Institute, OSU Wexner Medical Center
Richard J. Solove, a real-estate developer and lifelong Columbus resident who lost his father and sister to cancer, donated $20 million to cancer genetics research at Ohio State in 1998. This remains the second-largest gift in university history.