Prentiss Foundation awards $5 million to University Hospitals


Hospital will create inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit

CLEVELAND: The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation has awarded $5 million to University Hospitals of Cleveland to create an inpatient psychiatric unit, including a crisis management team, for children and adolescents at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

The gift is the largest ever awarded by the Prentiss Foundation to the hospital, which -- including the latest gift -- has received over $34 million in Prentiss support in more than 50 years.

"There is a compelling need in Northeast Ohio for a state-of-the-art facility that provides a full continuum of evidence-based mental health care for children and adolescents," says Pamela A. Alexander of the Prentiss Foundation. "University Hospitals is recognized as a national leader and a pioneer in child and adolescent behavioral health, and Rainbow is one of the premier children's hospitals in the nation. We believe that by adding an inpatient psychiatric facility, including a crisis team, at Rainbow, to the already nationally acclaimed psychiatry programs at University Hospitals, children and adolescents in Northeast Ohio will finally have easy access to the cutting-edge mental health care that they need and deserve."

"We are deeply honored and grateful for this generous gift from the Prentiss Foundation," says Robert L. Findling, M.D., director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland. "There is a critical shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals in Northeast Ohio. This funding will serve as the catalyst to develop new and crucial psychiatric services for children and teens in our community and beyond.

"There is no child and adolescent inpatient unit in our region that has been able to successfully integrate excellent clinical care, professional training of future mental health professionals, and state-of-the-art research," Dr. Findling says.

The new facility will address three urgent needs:

  • Enable parents of a child experiencing a major psychiatric episode to focus on helping the child first, while simultaneously guiding parents through the other necessary steps in administering the treatment process.
  • Provide critical access to psychiatric evaluation and care for children brought to Rainbow with general medical illnesses that are complicated by psychological and emotional difficulties.
  • Serve as a "Zero Tolerance" evaluation resource for parents whose children are suspended from school for making violent or threatening remarks while at school.

"This gift recognizes the outstanding work of Dr. Findling and his colleagues in addressing the much-needed facilities and programs to benefit children with behavior disorders," says Fred C. Rothstein, M.D., president and chief executive officer, University Hospitals of Cleveland.

"We are particularly grateful to the board members of the Prentiss Foundation for this leadership gift, which will inspire others to support Rainbow's very deserving programs," adds Sherri L. Bishop, Esq., senior vice president for Institutional Relations and Development, University Hospitals Health System.

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