Accreditations, Awards & Honors

US News Badge Honor RollNationwide Children’s Once Again Named to Honor Roll List of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals

June 2020 - Nationwide Children’s Hospital has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll at #8. This top distinction is awarded to only 10 children’s hospitals with the most exceptional performance across all specialty rankings. We have also been ranked once again as a Best Children’s Hospital in all 10 specialties, for the tenth consecutive year.

Parents Most Innovative Childrens Hospitals 2018Nationwide Children's Named to List of 20 Most Innovative Children's Hospitals by Parents Magazine

Nationwide Children's Hospital has been named to Parents Magazine's List of 20 Most Innovative Children's Hospitals for 2018. Nationwide Children's was specifically recognized for its Make Safe Happen app, Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and adaptive toy initiative.

2018 Top Hospital for DiversityNationwide 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.

ANCC Magnet Award LogoRe-designated as a Magnet™ organization 

Nationwide Children’s is proud to be one of 2 percent of hospitals re-designated as a Magnet™ organization. Learn more about this important recognition.

Forbes Best Employer BadgeNationwide 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.

HEI Leader Logo2020 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Leader status is awarded to healthcare facilities that attain a score of 100 in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2020, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In addition to being a recognition for diversity and inclusion, the HEI index is a valuable tool and resource for healthcare facilities. The HEI is used by LGBTQ patients and their loved ones to find facilities that provide equitable and inclusive care. 

2017 Clinical Care Category: Primary Care Award Winner

March 2018 - 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

January 2018 - 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. To see the complete Best Doctors in America® List for 2017-2018 visit For additional information about Best Doctors in America, visit

Most Wired Hospital logoNationwide Children’s Hospital Named 2017 Most Wired Hospital for Use of Technology

2017 - Nationwide Children’s Hospital applies technology in innovative ways to more effectively serve patients, families, staff and the community, earning the hospital the distinction of being named a 2017 Most Wired Hospital for its use of technology to tackle today’s health care problems. In addition to the Most Wired distinction, Nationwide Children’s was also recognized as a 2017 Most Wired Innovator Award Finalist.

IAC Accreditation SealHeart Center Accreditation

November 2017 - 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

October 2017 - 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.”

ACHA BadgeACHA Accreditation

September 2017 - 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

Appy Awards logoMake Safe Happen App Wins Prestigious Award

June 2017 - 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.

NCQA CredentialingPartners For Kids Earns NCQA Certification in Credentialing

June 2017 - 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

May 2017 - 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

June 2016 - 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.

Level 1 Pediatric Trauma CenterLevel 1 Pediatric Trauma Center Reverification Awarded From ACS

April 2016 - 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.

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

January 2016 - 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.