Not an 'Onion' headline: Ohio State considers naming hospital emergency center after Abercrombie & Fitch

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If Ohio State University follows through on current plans, locals might be able to get more than clothing stitched up at Abercrombie & Fitch.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio State Board of Trustees is set to vote on a proposal to name the new emergency department at its medical center after the clothing company, which is headquartered in New Albany. Scheduled to open in 2014, the proposed Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department would be twice the size of the department currently taking up residence at OSU's Wexner Medical Center.

The decision, which is up for vote Friday, could lead to some confusion for Columbus residents. Nationwide Children's Hospital already named its emergency center for the retailer last year, setting up a potential scenario that plays like a deleted scene from Mike Judge's increasingly prescient 2006 film "Idiocracy": "Wait, which Abercrombie emergency room did you take him to?!"

Still no word if the medical staff's traditional scrubs will be replaced by fashionably distressed jeans and gingham-print button-ups.