DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Children’s Hospital hopes its newest facility will give families access to medical, behavioral and social services.
Monday, the hospital unveiled its Child Health Pavilion several blocks from its main campus in northeast Dayton. The space is among the country’s first supporting an integrative model of pediatric primary care.
“We have to be more than a place where sick kids come to get better,” explained Deborah Feldman, the president and CEO of Dayton Children’s.
Feldman said the Pavilion was created to promote well-being outside of critical and primary care. Researchers found though Ohio offered some of the country’s best health care, it ranked among the lowest states for child health outcomes.
“Having a bedrock institution like Dayton Children’s that’s so focused on improving the base health of our kids… is so critical,” said LeeAnne Cornyn, the director of children’s initiatives for Governor Mike DeWine’s office.
The Child Health Pavilion will offer everything from clinical help for children with developmental challenges, to a dental clinic, to a teaching kitchen, to community engagement programs. A partnership with the Dayton Foodbank will provide emergency food boxes, and a family resource connection will identify social needs and direct families to the appropriate service provider for housing, transportation, after-school care or baby supplies.
Many of the services are tailored toward vulnerable populations, like foster children and children with complex medical needs. The Pavilion’s efforts will include community partners to help address needs outside of the facility.
Monday, Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine read a proclamation from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to celebrate the Pavilion’s grand opening, praising Dayton Children’s committment to community health.
“Ensuring strong, healthy kids really is ensuring a strong, healthy future for the rest of our state,” said Cornyn.
The Child Health Pavilion is a collaboration between local, state and national organizations and agencies. You can read more about available services by clicking here.