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Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center, located along the primary public concourse in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s new Clinical Expansion Facility, is a place of respite and comfort for patients’ families. The Center provides a variety of services and amenities to ease the stress that naturally accompanies any hospital stay. The space was designed to replicate the colors and overall atmosphere of Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Following are the highlights for each component of the Center together with the Blue Jackets branding elements incorporated into each space.


The facility is open 24 hours a day with the exercise room and education skills lab being open during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Entrance, Foyer and Receptionist desk.

The entrance to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center is easy to find with the Blue Jackets Foundation logo etched in the main glass window. Its location immediately adjacent to the main hospital cafeteria and close to the gift shop and chapel allows families to quickly access all major public areas of the building. Upon entering the space, guests will find a medallion on the floor matching those found on the concourse at Nationwide Arena indicating the distance to Center Ice.  This special medallion showcases the 13,200 feet from the space to Center Ice at Nationwide.

For families wanting a change from cafeteria fare, a dedicated Donatos hotline phone is mounted near the receptionist desk for direct dial to the nearest store. All orders will be delivered to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center


The Blue Jackets’ community involvement will be showcased through display showcases including team photos and hockey accessories, Hats For Heroes hats & history, Blue Jackets bike helmets, and a narrative explaining the mission of the Blue Jackets Foundation.


Blue Jackets Foundation partner Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts will deliver a fresh floral arrangement each week for the reception desk.  In addition, families interested in purchasing flowers will have access to a catalog of flower arrangements and receive a 10% Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource discount.


The lounge is a relaxing space for families to unwind and enjoy some of the same comforts of home including television, movies, books, newspapers, magazines, music and an X-Box courtesy of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Columbus. The centerpiece of this space is a 6 ft. by 6 ft. photo mosaic comprised of photos capturing the Blue Jackets both in action on the ice and off the ice in the community.

Families can tune into FOX Sports Ohio for special viewing parties to watch all televised Columbus Blue Jackets games.


A special area for kids features a custom designed mini-Zamboni® toy box and a hockey stick table with matching chairs.


The kitchen provides families with a café atmosphere to enjoy a homemade meal—or their Donatos pizza. Pepsi-Cola products are featured in a custom-designed Blue Jackets vending machine. Tim Hortons has provided a coffee brewer and unlimited Tim Hortons coffee for the families to enjoy.  Periodically, family “coffee talks” will be hosted to give families an opportunity to get together and share experiences.  Tim Hortons will deliver Timbits®, bagels and other product for these special sessions.

Library/Resource Center

Computers, internet and wireless access allow families to stay connected to loved ones as well as employers. All computers feature a Blue Jackets screen saver when not is use.

Online resources, periodicals and other written materials help parents research and learn more about their child's specific condition. A librarian will be available to assist families. 

Exercise Center/Laundry/Shower

An exercise center, complete with Blue Jackets replica locker tags, will be available for use by our families to maintain their physical well being and provide stress relief.

Laundry and shower facilities will be available for families of children with extended stays.


Current Blue Jackets' sponsored programs will take place in this space including bike helmet distribution and Sibling Support classes.

Families going home with their child will take a class to learn how to use the equipment needed to properly care for their child.  Community education classes may also be offered in this space.


This room is highlighted by framed black and white images showcasing the Blue Jackets player visits to Columbus Children's throughout the years.


Other Special Features

The Columbus Dispatch will deliver two daily papers to the space.

A donor wall is housed to the right of the reception desk to prominently feature the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation partners who have joined the Foundation in providing a dedicated space for the families.