Trauma Programs and Services :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Programs and Services

Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the largest regional pediatric trauma centers in the United States. As a verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, we provide comprehensive care for children with severe injuries through a wide array of services including: 


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 Level 1 Trauma Center, we are one of a few hospitals with the specialized staff and facilities to manage and treat severely injured pediatric patients. Our program has a full range of specialists and surgeons available 24 hours a day. From innovative research to preventive and educational programs, we are striving to achieve best outcomes for every patient in our community.


The Burn Program has recently been re-verified by the American Burn Association as a verified Pediatric Burn Center. Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the few free-standing Pediatric Burn Centers nationwide to ever receive this type of verification.

Our Burn Program is staffed by three pediatric surgeons dedicated to burn care, a burn program coordinator, and a multidisciplinary burn team that includes burn nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, social service representatives, and case management representatives.

In 2013, the Burn Program at Nationwide Children's cared for approximately 189 acutely burn-injured children and adolescents, which included burn injuries of 30, 40 and 80 percent total body surface area (TBSA). An additional 1,162 outpatient visits occur each year in the outpatient pediatric burn clinic.


Our Rehabilitation Program is located within our main campus facilities, a proximity that allows us to provide seamless care for all types of pediatric traumatic injuries.

Our approach to inpatient rehabilitation focuses on the path ahead, with every patient’s unique goals and environments in mind. Each rehabilitation plan matches the lives of the patients. This model — called outcome-oriented rehabilitation — relies on a partnership between patients, their families and our highly skilled team of therapists, nurses, physicians and social workers.

Our inpatient rehabilitation moved to a larger, newly developed space within the new main hospital in 2012, complete with a state-of-the-art therapy gym and rehab classroom. The program continues to maintain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as a Pediatric Specialty Program.


The Trauma Program team includes experts in orthopedic surgery who work closely with the emergency department and pediatric trauma surgeons to assess and prioritize multi-injury issues.

As the surgical director of Orthopedic Trauma, Allan Beebe, MD, leads the team in a non-traditional surgical management process where each day, there is an operating room, orthopedic surgeon and surgical support staff dedicated to treating the orthopedic cases that come in through the emergency department, streamlining the clinical management of trauma patients. In cases where extremity trauma is severe, the orthopedic team includes experts in plastic surgery, micro-vascular reconstruction and limb reconstruction and salvage. 

With pediatric trauma patients coming from over 30 counties, the high volume also provides surgeons with a robust archive of outcomes data and teams are able to conduct in-depth research into trauma surgery techniques, optimal healing conditions and infection control.


Under the leadership of Jeffrey Leonard, MD, an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of childhood brain tumors, the neurosurgery team closely partners with the trauma team to bring innovative new treatments to children with head injuries.

We offer the complete spectrum of multidisciplinary care for neurosurgical patients from birth to age 21. From our expert surgical team to our Level 1 pediatric trauma center, nationally ranked Neurosciences and Oncology services and CARF-accredited Pediatric Inpatient Rehab, we provide care for patients from initial consultation, through surgery, post-operative care, rehabilitation and beyond. By combining state-of-the-art operating facilities with some of the nation’s leading neurosurgical specialists, Nationwide Children’s can accommodate all patients, from those requiring the simplest procedures to those needing the most challenging interventions.

Our intraoperative MRI, advanced neurosurgical microscope system and stereotactic guidance offer surgeons critical tools to reduce the probability of multiple operations, utilize minimally invasive procedures when possible, increase overall surgical success, minimize pain and promote faster recovery.


Our Passenger Safety Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital exists to assist families in preventing and reducing injuries and fatalities by providing age-appropriate child safety seats and bicycle safety helmets. The Passenger Safety Program consists of three certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who are responsible for training and educating families regarding child safety seats and bicycle helmet safety. Passenger Safety Specialists assist families and patients within the hospital and in-house clinics.

In 2013, the Passenger Safety Program issued 516 child safety seats along with proper training for patient families. Program specialists inspected and installed child safety seats for patient families and provided education and assistance to patient families regarding special needs situations. They conducted 109 child safety seat inspections in 2013.

Learn more about child safety seats and installation from the experts.



Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with generous support from Kohl’s Cares®, sponsors a seasonal educational initiative to promote the prevention of the most common injuries seen in our emergency department – injuries that are leading causes of death for kids and parents.

“Safety for All Seasons” serves as a trusted source for research-based child injury prevention information. In 2014, the focus is helmet safety – keeping your brain safe throughout the year by using the right helmet for the right sport activity, while continuing to offer comprehensive safety tips.

Choosing the correct seat and installing it correctly are two of the most important things adults can do to keep the children in their lives safe. Not sure which seat is right? Click on our easy Car Seat Chooser app.



Other Specialty Services

Additional services may be incorporated into a patient’s care plan as needed. These experts include pediatric physicians and nurses from:

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/Transport requests
  • Referrals from local and regional physicians
  • ED referrals
  • Direct Admissions
  • Physician-to-physician consult requests

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

contact info

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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