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Columbus Children's Hospital Named To U.S. News & World Report America's Best Hospitals List

COLUMBUS, OH - 7/7/2006

Columbus Children’s Hospital has been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s 17th annual America’s Best Hospitals 2006 list.  For its first time on the list, Columbus Children’s ranked 22nd, joining 176 U.S. hospitals (out of 5,189 evaluated) ranked in 16 specialty areas.US News and World Reports Award

Since U.S. News & World Report initiated its America’s Best Hospitals rankings in 1990, the goal has been to identify centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and complex conditions.  For the pediatrics specialty rankings, a sampling of board-certified physicians was randomly selected from the American Medical Association’s Masterfile of all 860,000 U.S. doctors.  The doctors were mailed a survey form, asking them to list the five hospitals they feel are considered best in pediatrics for difficult cases, without consideration of cost or location.

Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer for Columbus Children's Hospital, said this latest national recognition is reflective of transformational growth throughout the institution.   

“Columbus Children’s appearance on this list is not surprising at this moment in our history.  It is however, one additional validation honoring the quality of our entire staff and the caliber of physicians and scientists recruited here in recent years.  We are happy to celebrate this milestone with our team and with the families we care for,” he said. 

Columbus Children’s adds the U.S. News national ranking to a growing list of recognitions including:  the first freestanding children’s hospital in Ohio to receive “Magnet Recognition” (the highest honor for excellence in nursing) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association; second place in the U.S. for providing outstanding pediatric emergency medical care according to Child magazine’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey; and naming as one of the three “Best Places to Work” among large employers in Columbus Business First’s Best Places to Work Survey.

“America’s Best Hospitals” appears in the July 17 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will be on newsstands next week.

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Columbus Children’s Hospital is a healthcare network that provides wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital disease. A medical staff of nearly 900 and a hospital staff of 5000 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for nearly 700,000 patient visits annually.  Children’s houses the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Ohio’s first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.  Columbus Children's Research Institute is one of the top ten National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More than 75,000 consumers receive health and wellness education each year and affiliation agreements with nearly 100 institutions allow more than 1,700 students and 500 residents to receive training at Children’s.   The preferred pediatric provider in Central Ohio since 1892, Columbus Children's Hospital was the recipient in June, 2006, of a $50 million philanthropic gift from Nationwide Insurance and Financial Companies.  In honor of this transformational philanthropy, in early 2007 the institution will be rededicated as Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  This renaming reflects the hospital’s growing national service area while staying true to the original mission of providing care regardless of any family’s ability to pay.  More information is available by calling (614) 722-KIDS (5437) or through

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