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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Best in all Categories Surveyed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 Edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals

One of just 17 pediatric institutions ranked in all seven surveyed specialties

COLUMBUS, OH - 5/30/2008

Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranked in all seven pediatric specialties surveyed in the new, expanded U.S.News and World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” published online at and in the magazine’s June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2.

Last year the pediatric rankings listed the top 30 pediatric centers. This year’s survey uses an all new methodology focusing on specialties rather than an overall ranking. Of the 143 children’s hospitals invited to participate, 113 responded. The 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top-ranked hospitals in each of the following specialties: cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders and general pediatrics.

Nationwide Children’s ranked among the best in all categories including ninth in digestive disorders and heart and heart surgery, 15th in general pediatrics, 22nd in cancer, and 24th in neonatal care, respiratory disorders and neurology and neurosurgery. Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer for Nationwide Children's Hospital, said this latest national recognition highlighting the hospital’s expertise in subspecialties illustrates its comprehensive ability to care for all patients. 

“Making this list of best children’s hospitals validates our strategic plan and focused mission to transform healthcare for our children,” said Allen. “The commitment of our dedicated physicians and staff to provide the best in family-centered care is at the heart of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and this recognition.”

“Very sick kids need very special care,” said Senior Writer Avery Comarow, who has been editor of the America’s Best Hospitals and America’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings since their inception. “The best places for them are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particular illness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents and other caregivers find these facilities.”

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 list of "America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare networks providing 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 6,000 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for more than 700,000 patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. In honor of a $50 million transformational philanthropic gift from Nationwide Foundation, Columbus Children’s Hospital became Nationwide Children’s Hospital September 24, 2007. This renaming reflects the hospital’s national stature while staying true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 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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