Parents Magazine Announces Nationwide Children's Hospital As One Of The 20 Most Innovative Children's Hospitals

Winners Revealed for Medical Advancements and Research, Family Support and Tech Innovations Related to Children's Care

September 5, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH (September 5, 2018) — Parents magazine today named Nationwide Children's Hospital as one of the 20 most innovative children’s hospitals based on the results of its comprehensive survey. The survey, sent to members of the Children’s Hospital Association, sought to identify hospitals with a proven track-record of innovations that have led to medical advances. The survey also took into account a hospital’s adoption of the latest technologies and its efforts to share its innovations with other pediatric centers so more kids can benefit.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a robust program that encourages staff to submit creative ideas, and helps fast-track promising innovations so children can benefit sooner,” says Liz Vaccariello, Editor In Chief of Parents magazine. “From breakthroughs in genome sequencing to a safety app, Nationwide’s innovations span a wide variety of medical fields.”

Nationwide Children's was specifically recognized for its Make Safe Happen app, Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, and adaptive toy initiative.  Age-specific safety checklists, calendar reminders to replace smoke-detector batteries and guided conversations for parents about prepping their children for emergencies are included in the Make Safe Happen app from the hospital's cutting-edge Center for Injury Research and Policy in partnership with Nationwide Insurance's Make Safe Happen program.  The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, slated to open in 2020, will be the largest facility dedicated to pediatric and adolescent behavioral and mental health on the campus of a U.S. pediatric hospital.  Children who struggle with motor skills receive toys specifically adapted to their developmental and physical abilities through a collaborative program between Nationwide Children's and Ohio State University engineering students. 

“We foster a culture of innovation at Nationwide Children’s because we know that new, creative ideas improve the lives of our patients and their families,” said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children's CEO.  “Our scientific research and clinical discoveries push the boundaries of medicine, while the programs and tools recognized by Parents magazine often help keep children out of the hospital. Our focus on children everywhere – both inside of our walls and outside of them – is at the heart of our innovations.” 

The Most Innovative Children’s Hospitals appears in the October issue of Parents and online at



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