Columbus Children's Hospital Named To U.S. News & World Report America's Best Hospitals List

July 7, 2006

Columbus Childrens Hospital has been named to the U.S. News & World Reports 17th annual Americas Best Hospitals 2006 list.  For its first time on the list, Columbus Childrens ranked 22nd, joining 176 U.S. hospitals (out of 5,189 evaluated) ranked in 16 specialty areas.

Since U.S. News & World Report initiated its Americas Best Hospitals rankings in 1990, the goal has been to identify centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and complex conditions.  For the pediatrics specialty rankings, a sampling of board-certified physicians was randomly selected from the American Medical Associations Masterfile of all 860,000 U.S. doctors.  The doctors were mailed a survey form, asking them to list the five hospitals they feel are considered best in pediatrics for difficult cases, without consideration of cost or location.

Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer for Columbus Children's Hospital, said this latest national recognition is reflective of transformational growth throughout the institution.   

Columbus Childrens appearance on this list is not surprising at this moment in our history.  It is however, one additional validation honoring the quality of our entire staff and the caliber of physicians and scientists recruited here in recent years.  We are happy to celebrate this milestone with our team and with the families we care for, he said. 

Columbus Childrens adds the U.S. News national ranking to a growing list of recognitions including:  the first freestanding childrens hospital in Ohio to receive Magnet Recognition (the highest honor for excellence in nursing) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association; second place in the U.S. for providing outstanding pediatric emergency medical care according to Child magazines Best Childrens Hospitals survey; and naming as one of the three Best Places to Work among large employers in Columbus Business Firsts Best Places to Work Survey.

Americas Best Hospitals appears in the July 17 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will be on newsstands next week.

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Columbus Childrens Hospital is a healthcare network that provides 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 5000 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for nearly 700,000 patient visits annually.  Childrens houses the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Ohios first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.  Columbus Children's Research Institute is one of the top ten National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More than 75,000 consumers receive health and wellness education each year and affiliation agreements with nearly 100 institutions allow more than 1,700 students and 500 residents to receive training at Childrens.   The preferred pediatric provider in Central Ohio since 1892, Columbus Children's Hospital was the recipient in June, 2006, of a $50 million philanthropic gift from Nationwide Insurance and Financial Companies.  In honor of this transformational philanthropy, in early 2007 the institution will be rededicated as Nationwide Childrens Hospital.  This renaming reflects the hospitals growing national service area while staying true to the original mission of providing care regardless of any familys ability to pay.  More information is available by calling (614) 722-KIDS (5437) or through

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About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s 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. More information is available at