Nationwide Childrens Hospital to Open GI Clinic at Mansfield Close to Home Center

February 15, 2011

To help meet the growing demand of gastroenterology needs in the Mansfield area, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will open a Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition clinic at the Mansfield Close To HomeSM Center.

The Gastroenterology Clinic will begin seeing patients in March and will give patients and their families access to Nationwide Children’s world-class pediatric digestive disorders program right in their own backyard. Ranked among the top 10 digestive disorders programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems.

“We are pleased to expand our outreach in Ohio,” said Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of Gastroenterology. “The opening of the new GI clinic increases our ability to partner with pediatricians from the Mansfield area and allows patients and their families access to pediatric specialists in their own community.”

In addition to gastroenterology, the Mansfield Close To HomeSM Center offers specialty clinics for pediatric cardiology, urology, neurology and pre-operative evaluation and follow-up care for pediatric surgery patients. The Center, located at 680 Park Avenue West (Suite G05), serves Mansfield, Shelby, Crestline, Ashland and all other surrounding cities with local access to pediatric specialties.

A Nationwide Children’s ChildLabSM has operated at a separate Mansfield location, 1204 Park Avenue West, since 2008. The ChildLabSM staff are specially trained in pediatrics and are able to conduct a full range of laboratory tests which are sent to Nationwide Children's main campus for analysis in order to maintain high quality diagnostic care.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Close To HomeSM Centers offer community-based testing, treatment and care for children and families depending on the needs of the community at convenient locations. The Close To HomeSM Centers offer specialized care for all children, newborns through young adults. There are currently 14 Close To HomeSM Centers including the Mansfield location and a Westerville Close To HomeSM Center, located around 55 miles from Mansfield, offering additional diagnostic services. Additional locations include Canal Winchester, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, Ironton, Mansfield, Newark and Westerville. Parents should first call their pediatrician or family doctor who knows their child best if their child is in need of medical attention. To make an appointment for a specialty clinic, call (614) 722-6200. For more information or to schedule an appointment online, visit

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has ranked for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious U.S.News & World Report list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” with rankings in seven subspecialty categories: digestive disorders, cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery, urology, cancer, neonatal care, nephrology and pulmonology. Visit to learn more.

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