Nationwide Children’s Hospital Earns National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence Designation

January 20, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been named a National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence.

Aligning with Nationwide Children’s vision of delivering multidisciplinary care to support best outcomes, the NPF selects hospitals based on their ability to provide a comprehensive pediatric health care delivery system for the treatment of pancreatic disease.

“This recognition is a credit to the dedicated physicians and staff who have passionately supported the patients and families who seek our care and expertise,” said Cheryl Gariepy, MD, director of the Pancreas Center at Nationwide Children’s. “The center’s capacity to provide comprehensive care and advanced procedures puts us at the forefront of providing best outcomes and improved quality of life for patients.”

Nationwide Children’s underwent a rigorous inspection to obtain the NPF certification. A task force of subject-matter experts and patient advocates evaluated the hospital and its delivery of patient-focused programs, such as pain management services and psychosocial support.

As part of the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, the Pancreas Center at Nationwide Children’s provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care for infants, children and teens suffering from diseases of the pancreas. Hospitals with NPF Center designation not only are in a unique position to supply patients and their families with multidisciplinary care, but each center strives to advance research in the field and continues to advocate for awareness of pancreatitis and associated conditions with community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Nationwide Children’s staff led by Dr. Gariepy continues to investigate pediatric pancreatic disease as part of the International Study Group of Pediatric Pancreatitis: In search for a cure (INSPPIRE 2) project, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Through this work, the Nationwide Children’s team has helped create a registry of over 500 children with recurrent and chronic pancreatitis and the Pancreas Center is able to offer patients innovative pain management strategies.

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