Nationwide Childrens Hospital Selected Cooperative Education Newcomer of the Year by Wilberforce University

October 17, 2007

Nationwide Childrens Hospital has been awarded the 2007 Cooperative Education Newcomer of the Year Award by Wilberforce University, Xenia, Ohio. The staff of the Wilberforce University Office of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies annually honors organizations which have significantly supported the University in achieving its goal of providing meaningful cooperative education experiences for its students.  Wilberforce is the first Historical College and Black University (HBCU) in the U.S.

Wilberforce University was selected to participate in Nationwide Childrens 2007 Summer Externship and Research in Childrens Heart Center (S.E.A.R.C.H) Program, designed to offer a minority student the opportunity to work closely with Heart Center physicians and participate in research projects.  According to Timothy Feltes, MD, co-director of Nationwide Childrens Hospital Heart Center, Our S.E.A.R.C.H. program enriches our educational mission through partnership with Wilberforce educators and provides us the opportunity to interact with the health care providers of tomorrow.

Wilberforce student Henry Ibitokun, a senior Biology/Pre-Med major, was selected for this pilot program based on his grade point average, recommendation letters and his career goals essay.  My six weeks experience at Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one that enlightened me on what the medical field is about with emphasis on cardiology, Ibitokun said.  In all, the experience was a life changing experience and one that I will always cherish for the rest of my life.  He received a stipend along with housing during the six week program.  The S.E.A.R.C.H. Program will be expanded to Ambulatory Medicine and Research in 2008.

Nationwide Childrens Hospitals Division of Workforce Development provides training and development to the hospitals employees through the Grow Our Own Program by assisting hundreds of employees in fulfilling their academic and professional goals through higher education support, in-house training and career development advising.  In addition, the Division of Workforce Development assists the Human Resources Department in increasing the diversity of staff within the organization.  To that end, Nationwide Childrens began working with the director of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies at Wilberforce, Hardy Brown II, two years ago.

The hospital has participated in Wilberforce Universitys career fairs to recruit students for internships and employment.  Staff from Nationwide Childrens Division of Workforce Development also conducted presentations to students on the proper way to interview for jobs and position themselves to an employer for future employment opportunities.  Additionally Childrens has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Wilberforce University through the Education Departments student shadowing program that exposes students to health care careers as they spend time with medical  professionals.

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