Nationwide Children's Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). The fourth busiest children's hospital in the nation, Nationwide Children's Hospital saw more than 1 million patients in 2013. The hospital is one of the top 10 NIH-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities in the nation and ranked in all 10 specialties on the U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 rankings of children's hospitals.

The 508-bed hospital was founded in 1894 with six staff members and seven other employees. It is the home of one of the country's first outpatient departments and was the first freestanding children's hospital in Ohio to receive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2004. The hospital admitted 18,160 patients in the most recent year reported and saw 218,596 people in its ED.

Besides its research arm, which partners with Ohio State University and operates in a 160,000-square-foot facility separate from the hospital, Nationwide Children's Hospital is also a teaching hospital. The hospital employs 9,222 people, including 1,176 medical staff, and operates multiple other specialty institutes and associations.

The hospital ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties by the U.S. News & World Report, including in the top ten for cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

In their own words:

Ranked 9th of only 12 children's hospitals on U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 "America's Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll," Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the nation's largest non-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks 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 medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one 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 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

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