700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
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For more than a
century, Columbus, Ohio has been home to a pediatric hospital where
everything matters in improving child health. Soon to become the
nation’s second largest children’s hospital, Nationwide
Children’s Hospital resides in the same downtown setting
in which it was founded in 1892.
When a group of
central Ohio women established Children’s Hospital almost 120
years ago, it was done with the belief that everything matters in the
care of a child. To this day, Nationwide Children's embodies more than a
belief that every detail matters. It embodies the promise that every
day, everything will be taken into consideration to make children well.
This promise stems from its century-old mission to provide the best care
for all children regardless of their family's ability to pay, a
commitment that has never changed.
accessible to patients across central Ohio for generations, Nationwide
Children’s has proven its commitment to provide local families
with exceptional care without needing them to travel exceptional
distances. Yet the hospital has become more than a community treasure.
Nationwide Children’s has become a homegrown resource with riches
to share. It has drawn patients from every state and around the world.
It is ranked as one of America’s best children’s hospitals,
as well as a top 10 recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
funds to free-standing pediatric research centers.
reputation as a growing and passionate leader in pediatric care is
engrained in its history and came from humble beginnings. The hospital
first opened with nine beds, all of which were filled two months after
opening. Demand was such that even at the first annual meeting, the
trustees were already developing expansion plans.
Over the next
several decades, Children’s Hospital grew tremendously with local
philanthropy. The constant desire to expand and be of greater service to
the Columbus community brought significant changes to the hospital, and
with each milestone, Children’s advanced, eventually becoming the
first pediatric center in Ohio to be certified as a pediatric Level 1
trauma center in 1991.
continued. In 2004, Children’s Hospital’s outpatient
laboratory became the first national pediatric reference lab. In 2005,
Children’s Hospital became the first freestanding pediatric
hospital in Ohio to achieve Magnet status, which measures quality
patient care and innovation in nursing practice.
Children’s Hospital marked a transformational milestone in Central
Ohio philanthropy, with a $50 million gift from the Nationwide
Foundation. To honor the vision of Nationwide Insurance’s
leadership, hospital trustees unanimously elected to change the name to
Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
current five-year Strategic Plan, to be fully completed in 2014, is
Nationwide Children’s most recent commitment to optimal health for
children in central Ohio and beyond.
Plan is designed to extend expert pediatric care across all
horizons of a child's development helping them to reach their full
potential and optimal quality of life. The first goal is always to
ensure every child the best hospital experience and to extend this
outstanding care between and after treatment. Yet what sets
Nationwide Children’s Strategic Plan apart is its ambitious goal
to improve child health beyond the traditional reach of the
Children’s serves as a catalyst and coordinator for the long-term
health of all children in the Central Ohio community. Working beyond its
walls, Nationwide Children’s embraces the responsibility of caring
for all children, not just those who come through the hospital doors. An
integrated health care delivery system and a network of health care,
academic and community partners allow powerful preventative care.
Advocating for nutritious school lunches and leading the fight to end
child abuse, allows Nationwide Children’s to play a part in making
sure children reach their full potential.
Children’s doctors represent every major pediatric subspecialty.
They have achieved at the highest level. They have vision and relentless
determination. They could pursue their life’s work at literally
any hospital they choose. Yet, they’ve all chosen Nationwide
Children’s. This talent has built Nationwide Children’s
signature programs, including heart, cancer, gastroenterology and neonatology care, which are internationally
recognized for boldly raising the standard of pediatric care.
Children’s also has a passion for answers as an international
leader in pediatric research. The Research Institute at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top 10
free-standing pediatric research centers for National Institutes of
Health funding and works to enhance the health of children by engaging
in high-quality, cutting-edge research. More than 100 faculty scientists
focus on discoveries to improve child health and support an environment
for training and mentoring the next generation of scientists in
pediatric research. Nationwide Children’s doctors are also
scientists, as 40 percent of research faculty are also practicing
physicians. Even doctors without research training work hand-in-hand
with scientists to ask the right questions in child health and to find
the right answers.
Children’s is more than a hospital at the corner of Livingston and
Parsons. Sixty-eight facilities extend out across Ohio and beyond to
provide pediatric whenever and wherever it’s needed. With more
than one million patient visits projected in 2012, the hospital is
growing to meet a growing need. Next year it will open a new 12-story,
750,000 square foot hospital, along with a third research building. The
main campus expansion is the largest pediatric
construction endeavor in the nation to date. The expansion is adding
2,000 more hospital and research jobs and the beginnings of a projected
$1.3 billion in new regional economic activity.
Children’s humble beginning as a response to the need for
exceptional children’s care, to its long-held place in the
national spotlight, the hospital has become a Columbus landmark.
Nationwide Children’s is proud to call Columbus home and will
continue to provide outstanding, accessible care to patients across
Central Ohio for coming generations. Continuing in the spirit of
passionate founders, Nationwide Children’s embodies the belief
that when a child needs a hospital, everything matters.