Media Inquiries :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Media Relations Contacts

Nationwide Children’s Hospital's media relations department welcomes the opportunity to schedule interviews, locate expert spokespersons, forward news releases, provide up-to-date information and answer questions. It is our goal to assist the media with pediatric health information requests as promptly and efficiently as possible.

Releasing Patient Information

In keeping with federal HIPAA regulations, no information regarding patients may be released unless parental consent is given. One-word conditions that may be released are defined below.

  • Good– No imminent danger of deterioration; making satisfactory progress toward normal health.
  • Fair – Satisfactory; moderately ill but potentially good.
  • Poor– Seriously ill; potentially critical.
  • Critical – Life-threatening.


Our media relations policy exists to expedite all media inquiries. Please refer to the following guidelines before you contact our department to schedule interviews or videotaping/photo sessions.

Members of the media must schedule all on-site and phone interviews through the media relations department. Please be aware that we will do everything we can to arrange interviews, however, patient care is our first priority.

While on the campus of Nationwide Children's Hospital, a media relations staff member must escort members of the media at all times to assure the security and privacy of our patients and families. All parents or guardians of patients under 18 must sign a consent form before a patient may be videotaped, photographed or interviewed. Patients at least 18 years of age may provide consent for themselves.

Contact Media Relations

To schedule an interview with one of our experts, or for more information, please contact Gina Bericchia or Pam Barber in media relations at Nationwide Children's Hospital:



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