Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a primary pediatric hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with more than 1,170 medical staff members and nearly 10,000 total employees. In recent years, the hospital has been ranked as one of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals by US News & World Report. It is also the pediatric teaching hospital for The Ohio State University School of Medicine.
Children’s Hospital of Columbus opened in 1892 with 9 patient beds, which quickly grew to 15 beds. In 1923, the cornerstone for the new hospital was laid, and in 1924, the new hospital opened accommodating 75 patients with the ability to expand to 150 beds immediately (eventually going to 300 beds). It was in 1931 that the hospital began taking private patients for $4 per week.
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the United States In 2009, among free-standing children’s hospitals, The Research Institute ranked 9th based on NIH funding and amongst all other pediatric research organizations ranked 18th based on NIH funding. It is a teaching hospital offering nationally recognized pediatric residencies and fellowships in medical and surgical specialties.