New pavilion will address behavioral health needs

A $50 million donation from Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation will bring a new behavioral health center to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The hospital held a June 16 groundbreaking for the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, which will serve children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and illnesses. It will be the largest such center in the country located on a pediatric medical campus, according to the announcement. 

The nine-story, 386,000-square-foot building is expected to open in 2020 with 48 inpatient beds and the ability to add more. A Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit will have another 16 beds, and a Psychiatric Crisis Center will have 10 beds.

The pavilion will be home to five outpatient programs as well as the Center for Suicide Prevention & Research. The facility will feature courtyards, a family resource center, a rooftop outdoor play area and worship and meditation spaces.