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Columbus Children’s Hospital Named One of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals by Child Magazine

Hospital named in elite overall list, ranks first in Emergency medical care with four additional subspecialty areas named among 10 best in the country

COLUMBUS, OH - 1/4/2007

Child magazine today announced the results of its fourth exclusive survey to identify the best children’s hospitals in America and for the first time Columbus Children’s Hospital is selected among the top 10 by securing sixth place. In subspecialty areas, Child magazine awarded Columbus Children’s first in the nation in providing outstanding pediatric emergency care, which includes Emergency Services and Trauma Services. Children’s is also honored with the following subspecialty recognitions; Pulmonary Medicine named fourth in the nation, Neonatology as fifth, Orthopedics ranking sixth and Children’s Hematology/Oncology is named as the tenth best cancer program in the country.

“Being named to the prestigious Child magazine list is an important recognition of our entire staff’s dedication to providing the highest quality patient care and safety,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Columbus Children’s Hospital. “The Child magazine ranking is rewarding because it takes into consideration all elements of service, outcomes and research funding. It also measures hospital amenities and support for both patients and families. And it is for the families of central Ohio that we are pleased to have received this vote of confidence in Children’s as a national leader in pediatric healthcare. There‘s no way we could have achieved this honor without community support.”

Columbus Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is the third busiest in the country, but more importantly it ranks number one in level of emergency care. Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center was the first in Ohio and the department is staffed by board certified/eligible pediatric emergency medicine subspecialists 24 hours a day. The Emergency Department provides expertise in pediatric advanced life support and resuscitation as well as evaluation and treatment in all areas of acute medical and surgical conditions. Urgent Care Services are provided on the main hospital campus as well as at three community-based Close To HomeSM Health Care Centers located in Dublin, East Columbus and Westerville.

The results of the comprehensive survey appear in the February 2007 issue of the magazine on newsstands January 9. Results were based on strict criteria and data compiled during the magazine’s extensive nine-month investigation.

The comprehensive 247-question survey, guided by the leading pediatric experts, examines vital medical information including survival rates, the number of complex procedures and intricate surgeries conducted, volume of research studies, efforts to reduce medical errors, and the quality and training of the doctors and nurses – as well as child-friendliness, support for families and community involvement. The survey was sent to 116 full members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions last August. Seventy-six hospitals completed the survey. The responses were graded to determine the best hospitals overall and the leaders in six pediatric subspecialty areas.

About Child
For over 20 years, Child has been the leading lifestyle magazine celebrating today’s families. Inspiring 5 million smart, stylish and savvy readers monthly, Child delivers everything moms want and more. From thought provoking editorial and cutting edge news, to the latest trends in children’s fashion, home and technology. With a circulation of 825,000, Child (www.child.com) is published 10 times a year by the Meredith Corporation (www.meredith.com).

Contacts:
Pam Barber / Mary Ellen Fiorino
Columbus Children's Hospital Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 722-4595

Marisa Ollins
Child 
(212) 389-5332
marisa.ollins@meredith.com  

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