CLEVELAND (3/30/16)--Led by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the Ohio Credit Union League, Ohio credit unions united with the Republican National Convention and RealClearPolitics to begin building a nurturing space for sick children at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Tuesday.
The year-round horticultural therapy suite is located in Angie’s Garden, a feature of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute open to all UH Rainbow patients.
The suite is this year’s “leave-behind” project for Cleveland, which is hosting the Republican National Convention in July. Credit unions have a strong tradition of honoring each national political convention city with a “leave-behind” project that will serve the local communities long after the conventions are over.
“Part of our mission is to heal and that involves caring for the emotional and physical well-being of each child,” said Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow. "This unique indoor horticultural therapy space allows us to do add a wonderful new feature for our patients and their families “We are grateful CUNA and Ohio Credit Union League shared in our vision to expand our horticultural therapy services.”
Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO; Paul Mercer, president of the Ohio Credit Union League; and Ohio credit union representatives were among the many people lending a hand to begin the construction.
Ohio’s 308 credit unions, which serve nearly 3 million Ohioans, are the lead contributors to the project, which is expected to cost $325,000.
A companion project is being undertaken by Pennsylvania credit unions at Karabots Pediatric Care Center, part of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia--site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.