Health, Wellness and Family

Medical Insurance

Employees may enroll in one of two comprehensive medical plans administered through Aetna; The Health Savings Account, or Health Reimbursement Account. Benefits in both plans include, but are not limited to, the following: preventative care, inpatient/outpatient services, therapy services, home health care, mental health services and more. Coverage commences on the date of hire or the date of eligibility. The cost of both plans is shared by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the employee.

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Prescription Drug Coverage

Employees enrolled in one of the two medical plans will automatically receive prescription drug coverage administered through WellDyne. Enrollees will receive a prescription drug card to be used at any local participating pharmacy. A mail order plan is available for maintenance and other specific medications to all employees to receive the maximum benefit from this plan. As an added benefit, employees are able to fill prescriptions at Nationwide Children’s pharmacy.

Dental Insurance

Employees may enroll in a dental insurance plan administered through Delta Dental. Participants will be covered by two of the nation’s largest networks of participating dentists- the Delta Dental PPO and Premier networks. The plan includes preventative care covered at 100% and coinsurance benefits for basic and major services. The plan also offers orthodontia coverage for dependents up to age 19. The cost of the plan is shared by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the employee.

Benefits Plus Pre-Tax Program

Deductions through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital payroll system for medical and dental insurance premiums are made on a “pre-tax” rather than an “after-tax” basis. This means that these deduction amounts are not subject to state, federal, or social security taxes.

Vision Insurance

Employees enrolled in one of the two medical plans will have basic vision coverage, which includes an annual eye exam. Employees may choose to enroll in one of three supplemental vision plans administered through Vision Service Plan (VSP) - VSP Base, VSP Plus or VSP Premier. These plans include coverage for an annual eye exam and a benefit toward contacts or lenses for glasses. The cost of the plan is paid entirely by the employee.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) allows eligible employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drugs, dental, vision and/or dependent care expenses. New hires have 30 days from their date of hire to enroll in a Dependent Care FSA. Eligible employees can enroll in a Medical FSA during open enrollment.

Wellness Benefits

Employee Wellness

All employees are encouraged to participate in a variety of wellness programs offered through Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Join our exercise specialist who teaches a variety of group fitness classes such as yoga, toning and step aerobics. These classes are free to all employees. Schedule a counseling session with the Employee Wellness registered dietitian to discuss your dietary needs and well-being. Additionally, employees are encouraged to take advantage of various interactive workshops held throughout each month. Refer to the monthly calendar of events for a list of programs and group fitness classes.

On-site Wellness Center

Employees may utilize the on-site wellness center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The center is equipped with a variety of aerobic equipment, weight machines and free weights. Personal Training is also available through certified YMCA personal trainers. Membership fees are charged on a bi-weekly basis through payroll deduction.

Employee Assistance Program

Nationwide Children’s offers all employees, regardless of benefits status, eight free counseling sessions through Matrix. Employees may use Matrix for confidential counseling for legal and financial resources, elder care issues, stress and more. These services are strictly confidential and are available 24 hours a day.

Employee Health Services

All employees can utilize a wide variety of services available through Employee Health. On-site nursing care is available for staff providing services such as health screenings, immunizations and consultations for health related concerns.

Connect 4 Care

Housed on main campus, Connect 4 Care is a clinic exclusively serving employees and operated by adult internal medicine physicians from Central Ohio Primary Care. The clinic is a mix of both a primary care and an urgent care, offering same day medical services. 

On-site Massage Therapy, Reflexology and Chiropractic Care 

Employees can receive a massage, reflexology session, or chiropractic adjustment with one of the on-site therapists or chiropractors. 

Smoke Free Environment

All employees are prohibited from smoking and/or using tobacco related products while at work or during their shift. Smoking by visitors and patients is also prohibited in all facilities and on the property of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

YOU Matter Program

At Nationwide Children’s, we support the emotional and mental wellbeing of employees dealing with work related, and potentially traumatic stressors, through the YOU Matter program. The program is aimed at preventing and reducing distress and burnout in staff and trainees. Individual and group support is provided for Nationwide Children’s employees 24 hours a day. Learn more

Family Benefits

Child Care Services

Nationwide Children's on-site Child Care Center is designed to enhance the work and family life of our employees and medical staff through a quality early childhood education and care program. The Child Care Center is available for full and part-time employees’ children age six-weeks to six-years, with full-day kindergarten. The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A consultation service is provided through Action for Children to assist employees in locating child care specific to their needs.

Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Support 

Bright Horizons offers employees free premium access to Sittercity, a solution for finding regular, ongoing, family care, including babysitters, virtual sitting, pet care providers, housekeepers and more. The program also includes discounts on a local nanny placement service and academic support, including tutoring and test prep services.

Adoption Assistance

The Adoption Assistance program is offered to provide financial assistance to families adopting a child. Nationwide Children’s will reimburse eligible expenses up to a maximum of $2,500 for each adopted child. The lifetime benefit maximum is $5,000 per employee (amounts are pro-rated based on FTE status). All benefits eligible employees with at least 520 hours and 12 months or more of services are eligible. The adopted child must be under 18 years of age and may not be a relative or stepchild.

New Parent Support Resources

Employee Wellness offers resources and information to support employees who are considering motherhood, expecting moms, new parents and veteran moms. Resources include an Aetna Maternity Program, employee lactation clinics, breastfeeding support groups and more. The hospital has several private lactation rooms throughout the hospital for employee use.