Expansion Frequently Asked Questions :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Expansion Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions. The first group of questions
deal specifically to our construction. The second group relates to general
engineering and security related questions.

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Construction crews will have to keep a clean work site.  Construction materials and waste will be collected and disposed of properly, and delivery streets will be kept clean.

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Construction managers will monitor sound to assure compliance with city noise standards.

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Construction fencing will surround the site for security and protection. Hospital security will patrol the site during weekends and off hours.


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Construction crews will recycle materials beyond city requirements.  Metals will be recycled including steel, wire, copper and even concrete. Runoff water will be collected and reused to irrigate hospital green space.

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No. Any necessary construction lighting is limited to work site only.

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Construction crews are expected to park in assigned lots.

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Workers must dress in clean, appropriate clothes.  No loud music, offensive language or behavior will be tolerated.

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Yes.  Neighbors will be notified in advance of any planned and/or disruptive changes in the routine.

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The Engineering Services department manages all construction activity. Typically our staff will be in touch with departments that are in close proximity to construction projects and communication procedures are established to determine who to call. Engineering will immediately respond to shut down disruptive construction activities that are affecting patient care. In the event that you do not have an engineering contact name established, call engineering at (614) 355-1600 on Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Any other time call the engineering pager at (614) 631-1596. Be specific when identifying your area so that we can respond most effectively.


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Construction work is complex, involves many different groups and has many risks to our staff, patients and buildings. The best time to construct is during normal working hours (Monday through Friday) because that enables the best response to an emergent situation that may develop. Also, at night, our patients are sleeping and disruption due to construction is inappropriate. There is a substantial amount of work that does occur outside of the normal working hours and is scheduled at times to have as little impact on the clinical operations as practical.


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Construction work is complex, involves many different groups and has many risks to our staff, patients and buildings.  The best time to construct is during normal working hours (Monday through Friday) because that enables the best response to an emergent situation that may develop.  Also, at night, our patients are sleeping and disruption due to construction is inappropriate.  There is a substantial amount of work that does occur outside of the normal working hours and is scheduled at times to have as little impact on the clinical operations as practical.

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Call engineering at (614) 355-1600.  You will be asked to describe the worker as best as you can and  where and when the behavior occurred.  Engineering will investigate and follow-up with the person making the comment.

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The hospital is governed by many overlapping regulatory authorities and each have their own rules regarding the frequency and type of testing that they require.  To comply, we have to test the emergency systems frequently and whenever they are modified (as in a construction project).  Even if we modify a single device, we are required to re-test the entire system to validate the work and then demonstrate that the total system works as intended.

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  • Heating and cooling (too hot, too cold)
  • Plumbing (sink, toilet, shower, bath, eyewash, drains)
  • Refrigeration (freezers, refrigerators)
  • Carpentry (ceiling tile, wall repair, shelving, countertops, cabinets, doors,  hang pictures)
  • Locks and keys
  • Painting
  • Furniture repairs
  • Signs
  • Flooring repairs
  • Lighting
  • Electrical (outlets, switches, tripped circuit breakers)
  • Parking gates
  • Grounds/landscaping
  • Elevators
  • Bed/crib repairs
Other areas and who to contact:
  • Card readers (Security)
  • Lock out (Security)
  • Door alarms (Security)
  • Fire / smoke (Security)
  • Clinical equipment (BioMed)
  • Nurse call (BioMed)
  • Telephones (I.S.)
  • Computers (I.S.)
  • Computer/phone outlets (I.S.)
  • Leased buildings (Landlord)
  • Furniture moves (Environmental Services)
  • Pest control (Environmental Services)
  • Bed replacement/moves (Environmental Services)


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Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone (614) 355-1600

After Hours
Pager (614) 631-1596


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Yes, we have a recycling committee that meets regularly to discuss opportunities to improve our recycling program. Currently, it is limited to paper by using the Shred-It bins, cardboard, through environmental services, and a limited number of bottles and cans. Contact the Environmental Services director at (614) 355-1806 for more information.

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Yes, Security provides escorts for visitors to and from their vehicles parked on hospital property and to and from the hospital. Security is prohibited from transporting patients and children that are required to be in car safety seats.  Contact Security at (614) 722-2128 for escorts.

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Contact Security for battery jumps and tire changes at (614) 722-2128.

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Security provides this service.  A Waiver of Liability must be signed before a vehicle unlock is attempted.

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The Security office located in the Emergency Department waiting area maintains a lost and found service.  You can call Security at (614) 722-2128 to check for lost items.

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A crash report is completed by Security.  If a crash occurs on the streets surrounding the hospital, Security will contact Columbus Police to complete the report.

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Visit our map and directions page for specific directions. You also may contact Security at (614) 722-2128 for additional assistance.


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Employees are not permitted to smoke at all during the work hours.  Visitors can smoke anywhere that is not hospital property.  Visitors are not permitted to smoke in their vehicles if they are parked on Nationwide Children's Hospital property.

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Authorized visitor passes are needed for persons visiting patients.  Passes can be obtained at the information desk located in the C-Lobby, Admitting office and the Registration office.

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Several restaurants in the area make deliveries.  Please refer to the Family Resource Guide to locate restaurants in the vicinity.  There is a Subway restaurant located in the lower level of the hospital that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patient families.

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Parking questions can be directed to Andy Ellsesser, Security, at (614) 722-2106 or Concie Foster, Security, at (614) 722-2125. For parking information, click here.


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Parking fees for visitors is $2 for a parking token.

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If you do not pay for parking, then you can not park on any hospital property.  Your only other option is to park on the public streets, although in the spirit of being a good neighbor to the community, we strongly encourage you not to park on the neighborhood streets.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000