Blanchard Valley Health System Partners with Nationwide Childrens Hospital

March 25, 2013

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have joined hands in a collaborative partnership. This partnership allows pediatric and neonatal patients at Blanchard Valley Hospital to receive the expertise and resources offered by Nationwide Children's in Findlay, Ohio.

The collaboration offers increased access for area residents to Nationwide Children's pediatric specialists and extends state-of-the-art pediatric research and clinical trials to Northwest Ohio. In addition, BVHS physicians receive advanced education and training as well as direct consultation with specialists at Nationwide Children’s in Columbus.

“By combining the resources and expertise of Nationwide Children’s Hospital with the BVHS pediatricians and pediatric hospitalists, we can build upon the outstanding care we currently provide,” said Dr. Martin Hanawalt, BVHS pediatric hospitalist. “This will allow BVHS’ skilled medical staff to offer an even higher level of care in Findlay.”

“Nationwide Children's looks forward to leveraging our neonatal and pediatric expertise to enhance the exceptional care already in place at Blanchard Valley Health System,” said Gil Peri, vice president for regional development at Nationwide Children’s. “We will partner to meet the needs of the community physicians and their patients/families. Our physician and nursing teams will collaborate on protocol development, education initiatives, neonatal nursery telemedicine support and clinic development. We value this partnership tremendously and commend Blanchard Valley Health System for their proactive approach to optimizing neonatal and pediatric care for the children and families in Findlay.”

Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

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