The Children’s Foundation in Detroit received more than $1.5 million from Patricia H. Rodzik to establish an endowed chair that will provide resources for a leadership position at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit to focus on mental health in children and young adults.
“In the past, I made unrestricted gifts that could be used to support the needs of children that were greatest at that particular time,” says Rodzik. “I wanted this gift to have a specific impact on something big. Considering the landscape of children’s health, it became apparent that while the need for mental health care in children has grown over the years, the resources just aren’t there. Doing something significant in this area by creating a leadership research position made sense to me.”
The CEO of The Children’s Foundation and the CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan will appoint a clinician scientist as the recipient of the Patricia H. Rodzik Endowed Chair for Youth Behavioral Health. The chair will be able to use the proceeds of the endowment on resources for research, teaching, and clinical care.
“We are so grateful to Ms. Rodzik for her support,” says Lawrence J. Burns, president and CEO of the foundation. “Mental health is a focus area of The Children’s Foundation, and an endowed chair specifically for this topic sets a precedent for mental health as priority in the community and region.”
Rodzik has been involved with the hospital for nearly 40 years and served on its board of directors. She was a volunteer and has had family members, including her daughter, treated at the hospital.
“As a leader in children’s health care, it is our job to understand the mental health of children and adolescents better and find long-term solutions to meet their needs,” says Luanne Thomas Ewald, CEO of the hospital. “This special gift brings us one step closer to reach children where they are, proactively and preventatively.”
The Children’s Foundation is an independent community foundation that has distributed more than $54 million in grant funding since 2011 to more than 60 partners throughout the region. Current areas of focus include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research, and injury prevention.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan has offered care to children and adolescents for more than 130 years. It draws patients from nearly every county in Michigan and about 39 additional states and 22 countries annually.