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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ranks on Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals List

Also ranks in Top 10 for subspecialty areas including Emergency, Pulmonary, Hematology/Oncology, Neonatology and Cardiology/Cardiothoracic services

Columbus, OH - 2/4/2013

Parents magazine announced today its exclusive list of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranked 9th overall on the 2013 list. The list provides a comprehensive family-focused, data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. In compiling the list, Parents focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

In addition to ranking children’s hospitals based on their overall quality, Parents also judged hospitals based on six pediatric subspecialty areas. In subspecialty areas, Nationwide Children’s Emergency (5th) services was ranked in the Top 5 in the nation, and Hematology/Oncology (6th), Neonatology (6th), Pulmonary (6th) and Cardiology/Cardiothoracic (9th) services were ranked among the Top 10 in their respective areas.

“While rankings are certainly not the reason for our work, they are an external validation of our commitment to delivering outstanding care and quality,” said Steve Allen, MD  chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Parents magazine rankings are significant in their visibility to parents and consumers and speak not only to our clinical excellence, but also our dedication to the patient experience.”

The hospitals on the list were ranked by Parents editors with input from a team of medical advisors based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas – survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of patients. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

“Making an informed decision about your child’s health care can be overwhelming, especially in the face of a serious illness,” says Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents. “We created this guide with the hope of making it easier to find a great hospital when you need one most.”

The 10 Best Children’s Hospitals list will appear in the March 2013 issue of Parents magazine on newsstands nationwide February 12, 2013.

About Parents
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