JOHN H. McCONNELL

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

McConnell The Columbus Blue Jackets in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, have established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund in honor of the team’s founder.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center

Located along the primary public concourse in Nationwide Located along the primary public concourse in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s new Clinical Expansion Facility, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center 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.

We were at Children’s Hospital today for some testing on our daughter Samantha when I discovered the Blue Jackets Foundation room. Our daughter is now fourteen and we know a lot about the hospital from her past experiences there. She has had several problems since she was an infant. However, that is beside the point, we really just want to commend you for what you have offered to the many people in need of such an ideal setting for both children and adults. The CBJ room is quite a luxury for the many families that pass through those doors every day. We were only in today with out-patient issues but we would have given anything to have had these resources when we were there 24/7 for months on end. You deserve a big THANK YOU for your efforts.
 Pete & Robin - Galloway, Ohio

Entrance
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 find a medallion on the floor matching those found on the concourse at Nationwide Arena indicating the 13,200 foot distance to Center Ice.

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 are delivered to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center at a special discounted price.

The Blue Jackets’ community involvement is 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 Connell’s Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts deliver a fresh floral arrangement each week for the reception desk.

Lounge
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center lounge is a relaxing space for families to unwind and enjoy some of the same comforts of home including television, movies, books, The Columbus Dispatch, magazines, music and an X-Box courtesy of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Columbus.

The centerpiece of this space is a photo mosaic comprised of photos capturing the Blue Jackets both in action on off the ice in the community. Blue Jackets gear including helmet, gloves, puck and stick are mounted alongside the photo mosaic.

In addition, families can tune into FOX Sports Ohio for special viewing parties courtesy of Time Warner Cable to watch all televised Columbus Blue Jackets games.

Kitchen
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center 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, while Tim Hortons has provided a coffee brewer and unlimited Tim Hortons coffee for the families to enjoy

Library/Resource Center
Computers, internet and wireless access allow families to stay connected to loved ones as well as employers in the library. All computers feature a Blue Jackets screen saver when not is use while online resources, periodicals and other written materials help parents research and learn more about their child’s specific condition.

Exercise Center/Laundry/Shower
An exercise center, complete with Blue Jackets replica locker tags, is available for use by families visiting The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center in order to maintain their physical well being and provide stress relief.

Laundry and shower facilities are also available for families of children with extended stays.

Classrooms
Current Blue Jackets’ sponsored programs take place in The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center Classrooms 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.

Feedback

“I am so thankful I don’t have to go off campus to use the computer, send a fax or do a load of laundry, its convenient having everything in one place.”
Joleanna and Nick parents of hospital patient

Unfortunately we were at Nationwide Children’s Hospital today for some testing on our daughter when I discovered the Blue Jackets room. Our daughter is now fourteen and we know a lot about the hospital from her past experience's there. We really just want to commend you for what you have offered to the many people in need of such an ideal setting for both children and adults. The CBJ room is quite a luxury for the many families that pass through those doors every day. We were only in today with out-patient issues but we would have given anything to have had these resources when we were there 24/7 for months on end. You deserve a big THANK YOU for your efforts.
"Carry The Flag"
Pete & Robin

My child is recovering from a difficult surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is 11 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy. I have been staying with him in the PICU here. I just wanted to say thank you for sponsoring the Blue Jackets room at the hospital. I have been able to communicate with family and colleagues during my stay and it is a nice comfortable escape at times during treatments.
Anonymous

My grandson has been in and out of Nationwide Children's Hospital since he was born with heart problems. Our family has used the Blue Jackets room for the internet, exercise, laundry and just a comfortable place to relax. The staff has been great. On behalf of my family I want to thank the team and the players for sponsoring the room.
Anonymous

Thursday before last, our back yard neighbors took their two-year-old daughter to the pediatrician to treat a sinus infection. The doctor took a quick look at the symptoms and made immediate arrangements for an MRI of her brain at the hospital. She had a brain tumor. By Friday morning, she was in surgery. For the next week, the parents stayed in her room, averaging two hours of sleep apiece. In talking to an emotionally wrung out, exhausted dad on Sunday, he volunteered that, "The Blue Jackets were great. They have a room at Children's for the family. It was a lifesaver; we could wash our clothes, shower and eat and restore ourselves there."
Anonymous

We are very grateful for all the services you provide to family members. Our baby will
be in the NICU for a couple months and the FRC makes our visits here at Children's
easier and more comfortable.
Anonymous

Thank You! Thank You! We were dealing with so much stress it was so nice to take
a warm shower. We were not planning on staying as long as we had to, but we were
able to do our laundry to feel fresh and be able to be strong for our son. Thank you
Blue Jackets!
Anonymous

Thank you for making this outstanding resource room possible. It has genuinely
made it much easier for me to focus on my child while he was having a tumor
removed from his brain. As a parent who can be scared about what tomorrow may
bring, having someone else there to help tend to the daily needs (and think of the
many things I wasn't thinking about when coming here) is a real BLESSING. Thank
you for making this room possible and for going beyond to help families like my own.
God bless.
Anonymous

It was wonderful to discover I could wash my clothes and so refreshing to take a
shower. We came here unexpected and it was phenomenal to have the simple
pleasures of life in reach when far from home. I also took advantage of a massage and
a hair cut. Thanks very much, I really appreciate it.
Anonymous

The FRC to me is just a wonderful and comforting place to be during such a stressful
time. For any parent who has their child in the hospital, this place is comforting. I
could relieve stress with massage therapy and doing scrapbooking. I was able to do
mine and my baby's laundry. The showers are so convenient. It makes it so much
easier to be in the position we were in. Thanks to all of the staff in the FRC! You
made my life easier while my baby was hospitalized.
Anonymous

My daughter spent 3 weeks at Nationwide Children's Hospital. After almost two years of being ill almost daily, she was there to have the gastric pacer procedure. During the time my family was with her (sometimes all of us, but most of the time my wife), it is was so helpful to have the Blue Jackets Foundation Room available to us.  The showers, computer banks, warm smiles and comfortable furniture were all quite helpful to a family away from home. In addition, your providing the Blue Jackets area in the Ronald McDonald House allowed not only for some fun when my daughter was able to go, but also a place for my wife to do laundry during her extended stay. We appreciate the Blue Jackets Foundation's generosity.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon