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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Best in U.S. News 2009 List of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals

COLUMBUS, OH - 6/18/2009

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to be once again ranked in U.S. News 2009 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” published online at and featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands July 21. This is the fourth consecutive year that Nationwide Children’s has been named to the prestigious list.

The 2009 list includes the top 30-ranked children’s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties – cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and urology. Nationwide Children’s ranked among the best in nine out of 10 categories including the top 10 in digestive disorders. The hospital was one of only 16 hospitals nationally recognized in this many specialties.

Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said this latest recognition further reinforces the hospital’s leadership position in pediatric care and research. This is an additional and important validation of Nationwide Children’s expertise to care for even the most complex pediatric patients across multiple subspecialties. 

“This recognition reflects our commitment to the children of this community and to all the patients we serve from around the world,” Allen said. “We have firmly established ourselves as a pediatric leader and with that position we tirelessly seek to improve outcomes, advance research and transform care for children everywhere. These rankings honor our staff and the quality of their work.”  

“While they might be a small percentage of all hospital patients, a large number of children every year need high-quality hospital care,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The objective of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to help children with uniquely challenging medical needs, and for these special patients, it is essential they seek treatment at pediatric facilities with deep expertise. With this year’s rankings, we’re providing important information on the best of the best.”

The methodology behind this year’s rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. The nearly 60 medical centers ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a 65-page survey covering important medical information ranging from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub specialists are on the staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at


About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked in the U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” and Parents magazine’s  2009 top ten “Best Children's Hospitals” lists, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital disease. A medical staff of nearly 900 and a hospital staff of 6,500 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for more than 750,000 patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at

*Full rankings for America’s Best Children’s Hospitals can be found online at

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