The Children’s Inn at NIH on Apr. 17 announced a $5 million contribution from the Merck Foundation to support and maintain programs and services at the inn’s Woodmont House, a transitional home for patients who are participating in pediatric research at the Clinical Center.
Woodmont House is “A Place Like Home” for up to five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illness but still require treatment. The grant is the foundation’s second major gift to Woodmont House since the home, adjacent to the NIH campus on Battery Ln., opened in 2010.
The partnership with Merck began 25 years ago with its initial gift of $3.7 million to build the inn. Merck’s total giving now tops $20 million.
“The inn and the Woodmont House would not exist today without Merck’s support,” said Kathy L. Russell, inn CEO. “With more than two decades of generous support of the Children’s Inn, Merck and the Merck Foundation have built a legacy of philanthropy that has touched thousands of lives and will benefit many more seriously ill children and their families who will stay at the inn in the future.”