Accreditations, Awards & Honors

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A Decade as One of the Nation’s Best

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, this year at #6. Honor Roll is a top distinction awarded to only 10 children’s hospitals nationwide. The 2023-24 Honor Roll designation marks the 10th consecutive year Nationwide Children’s Hospital has received this recognition. Nationwide Children’s is also ranked among the nation’s best in all 10 specialties, with seven ranked in the top 10.

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Named One of America’s Best Employers for Diversity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital once again ranks among the highest of the 500 companies on Forbes 2023 ‘America’s Best Employers for Diversity’ list. This year, Nationwide Children’s ranked #11 nationally in the healthcare and social category, #2 for children’s hospitals in the nation and within the top 5 for all hospitals in Ohio.

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Named One of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes

Forbes has once again named Nationwide Children’s Hospital as one of “America’s Best Large Employers.” Nationwide Children’s is ranked the number one hospital in Ohio, in the top five for children’s hospitals nationally, sixth in the healthcare and social industry category and 42nd among the top 500 large employers’ category.

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Five-Time Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® - which recognizes health care organizations worldwide for their commitment to nursing excellence and innovation - has awarded Nationwide Children’s Hospital its fifth consecutive Magnet Designation. There are just over 600 Magnet designated hospitals in the world, with less than 1% having achieved this honor five or more times.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader

In 2022, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has once again earned the “LGBTQ+ Health Care Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for its successful commitment to being both an inclusive health care provider and employer. In this 15th anniversary edition of HRC’s Health Equity Index, Nationwide Children’s achieved a perfect score in every evaluation category, including for its policies and practices regarding the equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital Recognized as Level 1 Children's Surgery Center

In 2022, the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification quality improvement program verified Nationwide Children's as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center.

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Nationwide Children's Named to List of 15 Most Innovative Children's Hospitals by Parents Magazine

Nationwide Children's Hospital has been named to Parents Magazine's List of 15 Most Innovative Children's Hospitals for 2021. Nationwide Children's was specifically recognized for the work being done in our Center for Surgical Outcomes for an appendectomy alternative.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Awarded the 2020 Hearst Health Prize

Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health announced Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the winner of the 2020 Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health. Nationwide Children’s was awarded this prize for its Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families (HNHF) initiative and its mission to improve outcomes for children and families by creating healthy, opportunity-rich communities.


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Nationwide Children's Recognized as 2019-20 Top Hospital for Diversity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital earned a spot as a 2019-20 Top Hospital For Diversity. Each hospital on this distinguished list delivers quality care at the highest level, while promoting equity and inclusion in their operations, programs services and staffing.


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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Awarded Nuestra Familia Award

For outstanding support of Ohio’s Latino and Hispanic community, Nationwide Children’s Hospital was awarded the 2019 Nuestra Familia Award by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.


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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Earns 2019 Most Wired Recognition for Use of Technology

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced Nationwide Children’s Hospital has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7. The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.


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Re-designated as a Magnet™ organization

Nationwide Children’s is proud to be one of 2 percent of hospitals re-designated as a Magnet™ organization.

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Nationwide Children’s Named to Forbes’ 2018 America’s Best Employers List

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been named to Forbes’ 2018 ‘America’s Best Employers’ list in the top large employers category. Out of the 25 hospitals and health systems named to the national list of 500 top large employers, Nationwide Children’s was the top-ranked children’s hospital.


2017 Clinical Care Category: Primary Care Award Winner

Nationwide Children's Hospital is the 2017 Clinical Care Category: Primary Care Award Winner in the Children’s Hospital Association Pediatric Quality Award! “Quality Improvement in Primary Care: Reducing Emergency Department Visits in Children with Asthma” was an incredible improvement initiative – many patients and children’s hospitals will benefit from your hospital’s work.


Congratulations to Our Best Doctors

More than 250 physicians on our medical staff were named to the Best Doctors in America® List for 2017-2018. According to Best Doctors, who produces the list, approximately four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor. Each listed physician has received peer consensus as a physician from whom other physicians would seek care. For additional information about Best Doctors in America, visit


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Heart Center Accreditation

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s is the first pediatric catheterization laboratory in the United States to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) as a Cardiovascular Catheterization Accreditation Program.


Prestigious Design Award for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation presented its annual James B. Recchie Design Award to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The award “celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life of Columbus.” The award focused on the Nationwide Children’s expansion that was completed in 2012.

Nancy Recchie, a historic preservation consultant and sister of the award’s namesake, recognized that in her comments to The Columbus Dispatch about Nationwide Children’s:

“Its laser focus on the child and family is evident everywhere, from the creative wayfinding system, to public areas that are bright and uplifting, to the patient rooms,” she said. “The thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces and park along Livingston Avenue are for use by both patient families and the neighborhood.”


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ACHA Accreditation

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center program is one of the first to earn ACHA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Accredited Comprehensive Care Center designation. In recognition of its expertise in serving adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the first in the U.S. to receive accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). ACHA is a national organization focused on patient advocacy, education, and research. ACHA connects patients, family members and healthcare providers to form an Adult Congenital Heart community to improve the lives of those living with CHD.


Make Safe Happen App Wins Prestigious Award

Nationwide Children’s partnered with Nationwide to create the Make Safe Happen app, which won its category at the 2017 MediaPost Appy awards. This makes it one of the top mobile applications in the nation. The app provides tips and tools to assure a home is safe for children.


Partners For Kids Earns NCQA Certification in Credentialing

Partners For Kids has been certified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Credentialing. NCQA certification is a voluntary process that is governed by the Standards for Certification in Credentialing, developed with the assistance of representatives from NCQA’s Standards Committee, Review Oversight Committee, and input from other organizations.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. NCQA has reviewed and certified Partners For Kids’ Credentialing functions only. For complete details on the scope of this review, visit


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Partnership Receives 2017 Distinguished International Engagement Award

Nationwide Children’s “NCH-China Pediatric Violence and Injury Prevention and Research International Program” was selected by The Ohio State University to receive the 2017 Distinguished International Engagement Award.



25 Years Strong - Inpatient Rehabilitation Maintains CARF Accreditation

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program recently received a CARF Three-Year Accreditation - our ninth consecutive accreditation. This demonstrates our commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality to our patients and families.


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Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center Reverification Awarded From ACS

Results from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) confirmed Nationwide Children’s Hospital Trauma Program has successfully completed reverification as a level 1 pediatric trauma center, now celebrating their 25th year with such distinction. The amount of work that goes into a visit like this is commendable and includes more than 10 months of gathering documentation to prepare for this visit, intense review of patient care, research, quality and education, and spans across more than 100 standards set forth by ACS. Congratulations to the trauma program and more than 500 Nationwide Children's trauma team members.


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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Earns Coveted 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

The Leapfrog Group announced Nationwide Children’s has been named a Top Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases Nationwide Children’s commitment to patient safety and quality. Nationwide Children’s received a Top Children’s Hospital distinction as one of only nine children’s hospitals, and was one of 115 Top Hospitals recognized across the country. The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.