Nationwide Childrens Hospital Transport Team Receives March of Dimes Health Care Support Award

November 14, 2007

The March of Dimes hosted the fifth annual Health Leadership Awards Luncheon  honoring individuals and organizations that have supported the mission of the March of Dimes by their extraordinary contributions in maternal and infant health. All finalists were nominated by their peers. Nationwide Childrens Transport Team was the winner of the Health Care Support award. The event was held Wednesday, November 7 at the Blackwell in Columbus. 

Awards were given to individuals who have contributed in the following fields: nursing and advanced practice nursing, corporate, health care support, community physician, academic physician, pubic health and community service.

The Health Leadership Awards Luncheon is an opportunity for health care professionals to recognize and applaud their own, notes Richard McClead, MD, of Nationwide Childrens Hospital, and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

The very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Annemarie Sommer, Professor of Pediatrics and Emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Childrens Transport Team utilizes both ground and air transportation to serve over 65 hospitals in the central and southwestern perinatal and trauma regions in Ohio. And in special cases, the Transport Team transports BPD and cardiac patients from many states. Over 1,725 transports are conducted annually, and five per day on average by Nationwide Childrens Transport Team. The team provides education and timely feedback to parents and staff of the regional hospitals. Nationwide Childrens Transport Team has been described as friendly, calm and available to help guide care with a steady, friendly and helpful hand.

The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Current focus is to heighten the awareness of the issues associated with premature birth and the need for intervention in our current situation. One out of every eight babies in the U.S., and also in central Ohio is born prematurely.

For more information on the March of Dimes and premature birth, visit the Web site at, its Spanish Web site at or call 1-888-MODIMES.

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