Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand and business credit programs, presented a $1 million gift to Nationwide Childrens Hospital, building on the companys nearly two decades of support for the healthcare institution. The gift, made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance Data Corporate Giving Fund, will support Nationwide Childrens transformational approach to treating behavioral health conditions, focusing on early interventions, crisis management, and community collaboration to effectively treat and prevent behavioral issues before they result in tragedy.
Alliance Data’s donation, pledged to the hospitals comprehensive campaign, Be The Reason, will further Nationwide Childrens commitment to breaking the stigma related to mental and behavioral health and addressing the healthcare needs of children and adolescents with these particular challenges. The gift will be allocated equally to four areas of the hospitals Behavioral Health programming, including Cancer Survivors and Social Interaction Research, Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, the Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) Program, and Family and Volunteer Services and Sibling Clubhouse.
"On behalf of the patients and staff at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, I want to thank Alliance Data for this generous gift," said Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Nationwide Childrens Hospital. "This pledge will help fund critical research and important programs that benefit not only the children and adolescents we treat, but the entire family as well."
Dr. Allen explained the Cancer Survivors and Social Interaction Research at Nationwide Childrens aims to identify early predictors of behavioral health challenges in cancer survivors to develop interventions that will optimize care and well-being for the prevention of morbidity for children and families affected by childhood cancer. The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, established in 2015 to address the alarming upward trend of suicide in youth, is a central resource where youth, parents, schools, clinicians and community partners can access information related to care for individuals at-risk for suicide.
In addition, Dr. Allen noted the Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) outpatient program, designed to help patients between the ages of 14 and 21 overcome addiction to prescription opiates or heroin, combines addiction-treatment medication with behavioral therapy, which has been the best way to ensure success for most patients.
The hospitals Family and Volunteer Services, including the newly renamed Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse, support the unique needs of children whose siblings are receiving short or long-term healthcare. While visiting, pre-school and school-aged children can learn and play while their siblings are receiving treatment, which has a direct impact on patient experiences and demonstrates that it takes more than medicine to help patients and families heal.
"We are honored to help Nationwide Childrens Hospital make a difference in the lives of children and their familiesboth through financial support and volunteer efforts," said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Datas card services business who also serves on the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation Board. "Giving back is one of our core values at Alliance Data, and Nationwide Childrens Hospital has been an ideal community partner. They are a beacon of hope for so many families across the nation and are unwavering in their quest to make meaningful progress for children."