Nationwide Childrens Hospital Named One of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals

December 29, 2008

Parents magazine announced today the results of its 10 Best Childrens Hospitals survey, placing Nationwide Childrens Hospital sixth on the elite list. In subspecialty areas, emergency medicine and cardiology/cardiothoracic services were ranked among the top three in the nation. Also placing among the top 10 in subspecialty areas were hematology/oncology and orthopedics.

Were delighted that Nationwide Childrens Hospital once again made the list of Americas 10 best childrens hospitals, said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Childrens. The growing national recognition were receiving for our excellence in pediatric healthcare is a testament to the commitment of our physicians and staff and their unwavering focus on providing the best care possible.

The Parents 10 Best Childrens Hospitals survey provides the most extensive data-driven comparison of childrens hospitals to date. More than 100 childrens hospitals, all members of the National Association of Childrens Hospitals and Related Institutions, were surveyed. The hospitals were ranked based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; waiting times in the emergency department; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of sick children and their families.

Every parent wants to make the most informed decisions about their childs health, and thats especially important when a child is facing a serious illness, said Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents. We created this guide with the hope of making the difficult process of choosing the right hospital a little easier.

A complete list of the best childrens hospitals and those ranked by specialty can be found at: www.ParentsMag.com. The results of the extensive survey will appear in the February 2009 issue of Parents magazine on newsstands nationwide January 13, 2009.

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About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare 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 nearly 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 NationwideChildrens.org.