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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Named One of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals

Emergency medicine, cardiology/cardiothoracic services ranked among top three subspecialties in country

COLUMBUS, OH - 12/29/2008

Parents magazine announced today the results of its 10 Best Children’s Hospitals survey, placing Nationwide Children’s Hospital sixth on the elite list. In subspecialty areas, emergency medicine and cardiology/cardiothoracic services were ranked among the top three in the nation. Also placing among the top 10 in subspecialty areas were hematology/oncology and orthopedics.

“We’re delighted that Nationwide Children’s Hospital once again made the list of America’s 10 best children’s hospitals,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s. “The growing national recognition we’re receiving for our excellence in pediatric healthcare is a testament to the commitment of our physicians and staff and their unwavering focus on providing the best care possible.”

The Parents 10 Best Children’s Hospitals survey provides the most extensive data-driven comparison of children’s hospitals to date. More than 100 children’s hospitals, all members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, were surveyed. The hospitals were ranked based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; waiting times in the emergency department; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of sick children and their families.

“Every parent wants to make the most informed decisions about their child’s health, and that’s especially important when a child is facing a serious illness,” said Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents. “We created this guide with the hope of making the difficult process of choosing the right hospital a little easier.”

A complete list of the best children’s hospitals and those ranked by specialty can be found at: The results of the extensive survey will appear in the February 2009 issue of Parents magazine on newsstands nationwide January 13, 2009.

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Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America’s #1 family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents. Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of 15.6 million readers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. Parents can be found online at

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