Alliance Data Commits Multi-Year, $2 Million Gift to Support Nationwide Children's Hospital's Pediatric Vital Signs Initiative

Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM ET
Press Release
  • Funds to support a data-driven platform that will accelerate the effectiveness of the Pediatric Vital Signs program and improve health of central Ohio youth
  • Alliance Data President and CEO Ralph Andretta joins Nationwide Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 10, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Alliance Data Systems Corporations (NYSE: ADS), a leading provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions, today announced its Card Services business, a provider of market-leading private label, co-brand and commercial credit card programs, has committed a $2 million donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s leading pediatric health care systems.

The funds will be used to support the hospital’s Pediatric Vital Signs program, a first-of-its-kind community-based initiative designed to meaningfully measure and improve the health of all children, both patients and non-patients, in Franklin County. The initiative seeks to address the issues facing area youth that fundamentally affect their health, as well as the health of the entire community, such as childhood obesity and kindergarten readiness.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a fixture of our community and we are proud to continue our support of the hospital’s efforts to improve the lives of children across our region,” said Ralph Andretta, president and chief executive officer at Alliance Data, and an incoming Nationwide Children’s board member. “We know that data can be a powerful catalyst for change, and as such, we are excited to provide the funding to help the Pediatric Vital Signs initiative track and evaluate outcomes to make our community stronger and healthier for generations to come.”

Alliance Data’s contribution will help build a comprehensive database for Pediatric Vital Signs that integrates with the hospital’s existing electronic medical record system. This will enable the team to document, aggregate, track and analyze participation in the hospital’s community initiatives in order to evaluate its impact in addressing the eight vital signs for pediatric health: infant mortality, kindergarten readiness, high school graduation, teen pregnancy, obesity, suicide, preventive health and child mortality.

“In the same way that traditional vital signs such as temperature and blood pressure give an indication of an individual child’s health, Pediatric Vital Signs will measure and help improve the wellbeing of all our children in Franklin County,” said Tim Robinson, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Alliance Data has long been our trusted partner in making children healthier, and this generous donation builds on that legacy. We are so grateful for this gift, and for the many other ways they continue to support the families we serve.”

For more than two decades, Alliance Data has supported Nationwide Children’s Hospital with over $1.8 million in corporate donations. Additionally, Alliance Data associates have a long history of serving as hospital volunteers and committee members and participating in activities with the Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse, a special place for preschool and school-aged children to play and learn while siblings are in the hospital. 


About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at

About Alliance Data

Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions that measurably change consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its partners create and increase customer loyalty across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. A FORTUNE 500 and S&P MidCap 400 headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Alliance Data consists of businesses that together employ over 8,500 associates at more than 50 locations worldwide.


Alliance Data's Card Services business is a comprehensive provider of market-leading private label, co-brand, general purpose and business credit card programs, digital payments, including Bread®, and Comenity-branded financial services. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's most recognized loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers. More information about Alliance Data can be found at

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Media Contacts:

Rachel Stultz, Alliance Data

Danielle Warner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital