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Hospital Information
Beds: 371
Address: 700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Medical School Affiliations: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Established: 1892
Main Contact Information
Date Last Updated:  09/19/2014

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.

Having remained 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.

The Hospital’s 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.

Advances rapidly 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.

In 2006, 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.

The hospital’s 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.

The Strategic 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 hospital.

Nationwide 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.

Nationwide 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 heartcancergastroenterology and neonatology care, which are internationally recognized for boldly raising the standard of pediatric care.

Nationwide Children’s also has a passion for answers as an international leader in pediatric researchThe 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.

Nationwide 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.

From Nationwide 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.