Nationwide Childrens Hospital Ranks Among the Best in U.S. News 2009 List of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals

June 18, 2009

Nationwide Childrens Hospital is proud to be once again ranked in U.S. News 2009 edition of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals published online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands July 21. This is the fourth consecutive year that Nationwide Childrens has been named to the prestigious list.

The 2009 list includes the top 30-ranked childrens hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and urology. Nationwide Childrens ranked among the best in nine out of 10 categories including the top 10 in digestive disorders. The hospital was one of only 16 hospitals nationally recognized in this many specialties.

Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Childrens Hospital, said this latest recognition further reinforces the hospitals leadership position in pediatric care and research. This is an additional and important validation of Nationwide Childrens expertise to care for even the most complex pediatric patients across multiple subspecialties. 

This recognition reflects our commitment to the children of this community and to all the patients we serve from around the world, Allen said. We have firmly established ourselves as a pediatric leader and with that position we tirelessly seek to improve outcomes, advance research and transform care for children everywhere. These rankings honor our staff and the quality of their work.  

While they might be a small percentage of all hospital patients, a large number of children every year need high-quality hospital care, said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. The objective of the Best Childrens Hospitals rankings is to help children with uniquely challenging medical needs, and for these special patients, it is essential they seek treatment at pediatric facilities with deep expertise. With this years rankings, were providing important information on the best of the best.

The methodology behind this years rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. The nearly 60 medical centers ranked in Best Childrens Hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a 65-page survey covering important medical information ranging from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub specialists are on the staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

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About Nationwide Childrens Hospital
Ranked in the U.S.News & World Reports 2009 Americas Best Childrens Hospitals and Parents magazines  2009 top ten Best Children's Hospitals lists, Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one of the nations largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing 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 6,500 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for more than 750,000 patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Childrens Hospital 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. Nationwide Childrens remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a familys ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

*Full rankings for Americas Best Childrens Hospitals can be found online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals

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.