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Nationwide Children's Hospital
Trauma Program
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-6512
Fax: (614) 722-6518

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During a trauma, every moment is critical. Nationwide Children’s expert team, coupled with nationally recognized pediatric programs, is committed to the best outcome for every patient we treat.
The Trauma Program is dedicated to providing trauma care for injured children and adolescents. This program is involved in all aspects of care, including, pre-hospital, emergency department, inpatient care, operative management and rehabilitation. It also serves as a resource for injury prevention for the children of central Ohio.
View the 2013 Annual Report.


Trauma Transfer Agreements
Agreements are available by request at (614) 722-6514.

How to Refer Your Patients
Call our Physician Direct Connect Line, a 24-hour physician/provider consult-transfer center, managed by experienced RNs who can assist with:

  • Transfer requests
  • Referrals from local and regional physicians
  • ED referrals
  • Direct admissions
  • Physician to physician consultation requests

Let the staff at Nationwide Children's help you by calling: (614) 355-0221 or (877) 355-0221 (Toll Free)

Car Seat and Bike Safety Program
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-6524
Fax: (614) 722-6518
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Level I Trauma Program

The American College of Surgeons verified Nationwide Children's Hospital as Ohio's first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 1991. Re-verification for the program was most recently received in March 2010.

As a Trauma Center, Children's provides Patient Care, Advocacy, Research and Education. A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and child life specialists care for injured children from admission through discharge. Advocacy for child safety is another function of the Trauma Program. For example, in the past year, members of the trauma program visited the Ohio Statehouse to testify on safety issues.

The Trauma Program provides education to health care providers and children and families. Through programs such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) and pediatric trauma updates, we teach health care providers how to initiate resuscitation of critically injured children so that morbidity and mortality are reduced. Members of the trauma program speak to health care professionals throughout Ohio and in many other states. Our car seat safety specialists teach children and families about injury prevention and safety so that they will lead healthy and happy lives.

Trauma Program at Nationwide Children's - Meet Kylie

Full Potential Community Report

This is a comprehensive report depicting the health status of Franklin County's children. The report goes in depth, focusing on 10 key indicators worthy of community focus. The children of Franklin County face a number of health risks. Understanding the facts is the first step in helping them reach their full potential. Below is a highlight from the report. View the most recent Full Potential Report.

Adolescent Homicide

“No Texting While Driving” Campaign
Nationwide Children’s Trauma Program actively supports the new Ohio legislation regarding “No Texting While Driving.” We encourage the community to print and sign the “No Texting While Driving” pledge form. We hope families will post and sign these forms as a promise to each other to help keep their family and their community safer by not being distracted while their behind the wheel. Learn more about Ohio’s legislation regarding this initiative.

View a Trauma Grand Rounds presentation on the tragic results of distracted driving and what can be done to help prevent distracted driving.

View the AT&T video to view a powerful documentary of real-life events that ended in tragedy due to texting while behind the wheel.

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