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The History of Kindervelt

The history of Kindervelt and that of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are bound together to achieve a center of excellence in pediatric health care in Cincinnati by years of planning, building and working together.

Prior to the opening of the Convalescent and Services Pavilion in 1973, many services were scattered all over the Cincinnati area.  Some of these services already had auxiliaries devoted to supporting and aiding their organization.  As these institutions merged into the medical center’s family, they brought their auxiliaries with them.  The Cooperative Society and the Jr. Co-Operative Society were actively working for Cincinnati Children’s; the Association of Volunteers supported the Convalescent Hospital for Children; the Capital United Cerebral Palsy Women’s Committee aided United Cerebral Palsy; and the auxiliaries to the Children’s Dental Care Foundation and Adolescent Health Center supported their groups.

It became apparent to the Cincinnati Children’s Development Director, Mr. Willard Baily, that an auxiliary working to support the new Cincinnati Children’s would be a great asset to both the medical center and the community as a whole.  In July of 1971, he enlisted the support of Cincinnati Children’s board member, Barbara Robinson, to help communicate his idea to the Board of Trustees.  After receiving approval, he called together a group of energetic women to discuss his plans.  His experience with Twigs at Columbus Children’s in Columbus, Ohio provided the pattern for the auxiliary he proposed.  This pattern consisted of semi-autonomous groups of neighbors or common interest groups working together for the common good of the medical center.  They called this idea Kindervelt – German for “children’s world”.

The Kindervelt concept was right for Cincinnati and within months, the first Board of Trustees was formed.  Its members were:

Barbara Robinson Chairman
Barbara Havlovic Vice Chairman
Jean Leonard Vice Chairman
Donna Hollenbeck Secretary
Janet Davis Treasurer
Jackie Rose Membership Chairman
Barbara Lewis Publicity Chairman
Connie Smart Third Vice Chairman

 

Annual Giving Amounts

1973 – $ 8,000 1998 – $ 561,000
1974 – $ 17,150 1999 – $ 482,000
1975 – $ 38,000 2000 – $ 500,000
1976 – $ 60,000 2001 – $ 525,000
1977 – $ 77,000 2002 – $ 500,000
1978 – $ 100,000 2003 – $ 500,000
1979 – $ 134,000 2004 – $ 475,000
1980 – $ 170,000 2005 – $ 445,000
1981 – $ 190,000 2006 – $ 500,000
1982 – $ 290,000 2007 – $ 500,000
1983 – $ 313,000 2008 – $ 515,000
1984 – $ 357,000 2009 – $ 450,000
1985 – $ 358,500 2010 – $ 495,000
1986 – $ 378,500 2011 – $ 440,000
1987 – $571,300 * 2012 – $ 575,000
1988 – $ 427,500 2013 – $ 480,000
1989 – $ 469,500 2014 – $ 460,000
1990 – $ 520,000 2015 – $ 502,000
1991 – $ 541,050 2016 – $ 506,000
1992 – $ 600,000 2017 – $ 545,000
1993 – $ 535,000 2018 – $ 530,000
1994 – $ 610,000 2019 – $ 510,000
1995 – $ 535,000 2020 – $ 455,000
1996 – $ 502,000 2021 – $
1997 – $ 502,000

Cummulative Giving Total: $ 19, 755,500

 * Includes $198,800 for World Figure Skating Championships

Areas of Commitment

1976-1977 Radiology Department
1978 Division of Hematology / Oncology
1979 Intensive Care – Coronary Care Unit
1980-1982 Division of Infectious Diseases
1983-1987 Cardiovascular Research Endowment Fund
1988-1990 Professorship of Pulmonary Medicine
1991-1994 Kindervelt Trauma Center
1995-1999 Division of Critical Care
2000-2004 Division of Adolescent Medicine
2005-2008 Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
2009-2012 Division of Asthma Research
2013-2016 The Heart Institute – Neurodevelopmental, Educational & Learning Center
2017-2020 Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2021-2024 The Division of Critical Care Medicine and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
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