Nationwide Childrens Hospital Designated OptumHealth Center of Excellence for Pediatric Heart Transplant

January 7, 2010

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been designated an OptumHealth Center of Excellence for Pediatric Heart Transplant, joining Cleveland Clinic as the only such centers in the state of Ohio. In 2008, The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized as an OptumHealth Center of Excellence in Congenital Heart Disease, and was re-designated in the subspecialty this year.

The OptumHealth Centers of Excellence network of elite programs was developed by identifying “best practice” specialty programs throughout the United States. These centers provide patients and case managers with access to cost-effective, high-quality pediatric health care.

Additionally, Nationwide Children’s was recognized by Aetna as an Institute of Excellence in Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery, in which the hospital met enhanced quality review criteria.

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facility for pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy. The innovative spirit of the cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiology teams at The Heart Center came together again to bring the technology first developed in the first-of-its-kind Hybrid Catheterization Suites to a state-of-the-art operating suite, opened in 2007.

The heart transplant program at Nationwide Children’s received national accreditation from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in December 2002 to perform heart transplants, and performed its first heart transplant in April 2003. Heart transplants are available for end-stage cardiac failure unresponsive to medical therapy.

In addition to UNOS accreditation, all thoracic transplant programs at Nationwide Children’s are approved by the Ohio Department of Health and Human Services and accepted into the Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 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 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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