About Nationwide Children's Hospital
At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, our vision remains unchanged. We aspire to create the best outcomes for children everywhere. This means families come to Nationwide Children’s from around the globe knowing they will get the highest quality care. It means we will reach to cure rare diseases. It means we will sequence a child’s tumor to select the best care pathway. It means we will strive to make an entire population healthier, not just through their physical health, but also in their mental health. It means we will redefine the role of the children’s hospital in the achievement of optimal health.
Life-Saving Global Care
A global referral destination with patients from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.
A Leader in Research
A leader among NIH-funded free-standing pediatric research institutes with $79.2 million in external annual funding
Improving Our Neighborhood
Through Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families, we’ve impacted more than 300 nearby houses and lowered vacancy rates.
There is Something Remarkable Happening Here
Nationwide Children’s began in 1892 with nine beds and a commitment to care for every child in need. Today, with more than 65 sites and over one million patient visits per year, it’s still meeting that promise – from Columbus to Cairo.Learn More About Our Story
Did You Know?
Nationwide Children's is America's Second Largest Pediatric Hospital with more than 1.5 million patient visits each year. Families travel from around the nation and around the globe to access life-saving treatments – many unavailable anywhere else. We are 68 facilities extending out across Ohio and beyond. Here, we have the pediatric expertise every child needs. Here, the future health and potential of all children, is being shaped.
Meet Our Leadership
The leadership of Nationwide Children’s is driven by a passion for their work and is constantly striving to make this the best pediatric hospital in the world.Meet the Leadership Team
“We advocate on behalf of every child in our community, not just those who are our patients.”
Steve Allen, MDFormer Nationwide Children's Hospital Chief Executive OfficerChildren need a voice to defend their right to well-being. Partnering with families and community advocates, Nationwide Children’s takes a stand to protect and improve child health.
Redefining the Future of Pediatric Care
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is revealing the future of child health because it’s helping define it. Health care that is family-centered and child-focused. Accountable in quality and cost. Equating behavioral and mental health equally with physical health. And dedicated to translating our research discoveries into practice.See the Future of Pediatric Care
Change Through Research
We're seeking answers on behalf of children everywhere. Our common goal is discovery and innovation that improves the health and quality of life for all kids.Visit Our Research Institute
Everyone Matters: Our Commitment to Diversity & Health Equity
Our hospital made a promise to not only acknowledge, but foster and celebrate the diversity of each other, our patients, families, visitors, and many physician and community partners. Why? Because being inclusive and welcoming makes us better-suited to take care of those who need our help.Our Commitment to Diversity
Read Our Staff's Stories
We all have different life experiences, skills and knowledge. These differences make us stronger as a team. They make us better equipped to treat our patients.Read More on Tumblr
“A child's zip code should not be a determinant of their health status.”
Steven Allen, MD
Working Together to Achieve Best Outcomes
Collaboration is a critical part of Nationwide Children's Hospital strategy to improve the lives of children everywhere. Programs such as access to healthcare through schools, education of clinical teams, neighborhood safety and healthy home environments are all robust initiatives and cannot happen without strong partnerships.
We know it takes extensive resources to treat children locally, regionally and from all around the world. Our mission is best served when we work together with other organizations to help the future of our children and our own community.Learn More About Collaborations
We are proud to collaborate and lend our pediatric expertise to several children’s as well as adult hospitals in the state of Ohio and beyond. We work in partnership with Heart Services, Urology, emergency services and various NICU’s in and around central Ohio. By coming together, we add to the power of knowledge and expertise of medical care for children all over the state.
Learning is a part of everything we do. Together, with our partners, our learning programs range from those that help patients and families understand their diagnoses and treatments, enhancing the skill and competence of current pediatric providers to training future generations of clinical and research experts.
Our partnerships are a defining piece of our culture at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Our collaborations lead to discoveries meant to help children worldwide, not limiting our reach to only one part of the state or country.
When you give to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, you change lives. Generous partners from across the country play an enormous part in enabling Nationwide Children’s to change the future of pediatric research and care. These supporters make stories of hope possible.
Achieving best outcomes for all children requires working with governmental leaders and community advocates at all levels – local, state and national. So much of the health care conversation is focused on adults. And it’s often conducted by people who don’t have front-line experience helping children. It’s up to us, as members of the child health and well-being community, to stand up for those who need our care.
Our History & Milestones
More than 100 years ago, we made a promise. We kept it.
Construction continues on the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. Nationwide Children's Hospital prepares for a Topping off event to raise the last beam of the structure on Butterfly Gardens Drive. People from all over the country sent in words of support and strength to adorn the beam.
Dr. Jerry Mendell and his team developed a gene therapy to replace the mutated gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. The team was recognized with Science Magazine’s - People’s Choice, “Breakthrough of the Year.”
The $85 million six-story Livingston Ambulatory Center opens, housing outpatient clinics.
Nationwide Children’s opens its first free-standing pediatric emergency department at Lewis Center Close To Home Center℠ with Emergency Department, in partnership with OhioHealth.
NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Nationwide Children's Hospital announce and launch the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund.
World renowned researchers, Dr. Richard Wilson and Dr. Elaine Mardis, are recruited to lead the Institute for Genomic Medicine, marking a transformational milestone. With their expertise and knowledge we will be able to better understand childhood diseases and how to treat those diseases.
Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation pledge to support Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health expansion with a $50 million gift, the largest corporate contribution ever specifically devoted to a pediatric and adolescent behavioral health program.
Ground breaks at The Residences at Career Gateway, a $12 million low-income housing complex that features onsite career development training through Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families.
Nationwide Children's announces a phase two master facilities plan to support the growing hospital network. The $730 million investment, expected to be completed in 2022, includes 11 building projects. The centerpiece of the plan is an eight-story Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.
Monarch 1, Nationwide Children’s own helicopter, takes flight.
Nationwide Children’s completes the largest U.S pediatric expansion (based on non-replacement facilities) adding more than 1.3 million square feet and over 2,000 hospital and research jobs.
Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families, Nationwide Children’s initiative to impact communities’ overall healthy by impacting five key areas in Columbus’ South Side, is launched.
As part of the Zero Hero program, Nationwide Children’s creates the Preventable Harm Index (PHI), now used by more than 100 children’s hospitals.
Columbus Children’s Hospital is proudly renamed Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Children’s receives an unprecedented transformational $50 million gift from the Nationwide Foundation, the second largest single gift to a children’s hospital in American history.
Partners for Kids (PFK), one of the nation’s oldest and largest pediatric accountable care organizations, is founded in partnership with Nationwide Children’s and more than 1,000 doctors.
Children’s becomes the first pediatric center in Ohio to be certified as a pediatric Level 1 trauma center.
The new Wexner Center for Pediatric Research opens.
Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency program begins.
New patient tower completed.
Federal grant dollars open C&Y (Children & Youth) Clinics throughout Columbus. The hospital continues funding these centers, which are now known as the Close To Home℠ network of today.
The first dedicated medical science research building, Ross Hall, is completed, and funded by the hospital’s first research award from the National Institutes of Health.
Pediatric Dentistry residency program begins.
Dr. Earl H. Baxter, a practicing pediatrician, became the first chairman of The Ohio State University Department of Pediatrics, which was housed at Children’s Hospital.
The new Children’s Hospital opens, accommodating 75 children, with expansion to 150 immediately and eventually to 300.
A dedicated group of 12 central Ohio women came together and established Children’s Hospital with the mission to provide the best care for all children regardless of their family's ability to pay. The hospital opens for the admission of patients with nine beds, and quickly grows to 15. Nationwide Children’s Hospital resides in the same downtown setting where it was founded.