About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Olivia Thomas
“We strive to treat all staff, physicians, patients, and families equitably and hold ourselves accountable to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion to maximize best outcomes.”Olivia W. Thomas, MD, Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer

If you want to live, train, and work in one of the most diverse communities in the country, then Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, is the right place for you! Columbus is a dynamic and diverse city offering a favorable cost of living and impressive quality of life.

Our hospital is uniquely dedicated to addressing social determinants of health, quality, patient safety, genomic medicine, behavioral health and population health. The intentional recruitment of a diverse workforce that mirrors our patient population is crucial to our success in these initiatives. Similarly, as we train the next generation of talented physicians and researchers, we must embrace diversity as a core value.

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Our Cultural Breakdown

Nationwide Children's values diversity, and we know that providers who reflect their patient populations improve patient care. As our community becomes more diverse, we want to reflect the diversity among our staff.

NCH Patients by Race Bar Graph

PAA Physician by Race Pie Chart

A Culture of Inclusion

As Ohio’s capital and the 14th largest city in the United States, Columbus boasts a diverse population and is home to one of the largest networks for young professionals in the country. Columbus has a large immigrant population and is home to the second largest and fastest growing Somali community in the United States. Our community is rich with social and advocacy networks for all races and religions, socioeconimic classes, and members of the LGBTQ community. We are proud to be recognized as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index.

At Nationwide Children’s we are deeply committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of residents, fellows and faculty that reflects our patient population. We recognize and embrace the crucial role diverse staff play in addressing social determinants of health, quality and patient safety, genomic medicine, behavioral health and population health. One way we support a culture that fosters inclusiveness and diversity is through our Employee Resource Groups.

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Resident Diversity and Inclusion Coalition

The purpose of the Resident Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (RDIC) is to create an environment of inclusive excellence while increasing the diversity of our providers to be reflective of the patients we care for in central Ohio and around the world. This is achieved through a two-prong approach of visibility and support.

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Fast Facts


  • More than 1.5 million total patient visits from all 50 U.S. states and 45 countries
  • The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the top 10 NIH-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities in the U.S.
  • America's largest neonatal network and provider of inpatient pediatric surgeries*

* Most recent data from CHA-member pediatric hospitals

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