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 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by US News & World Report. It is also the pediatric teaching hospital for The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the United States. Organized research began after the Second World War with the recognition of E. coli III as a source and cause of epidemic diarrhea, and the development of a treatment for histoplasmosis. 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.
The Research Institute contains Biobehavioral health, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, Clinical and Translational Research, Gene Therapy, Injury Research and Policy, Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular and Human Genetics, Perinatal Research, Mathematical Medicine, and Vaccines and Immunity departments.
Children’s Hospital Investigative Laboratory Division, CHILD, was created in the 1950s when the hospital realized a separate organization was needed to manage research. The first medical science research building at [Nationwide] Children’s Hospital, Ross Hall, was completed in 1961. CHILD evolved into Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation that was incorporated on May 12, 1964. Two years later in 1966, research expenditures exceeded $1 million for the first time. And in 1987, the new Wexner Center for Pediatric Research opened. In 2003, Children’s Hospital Research Foundation was renamed the Columbus Children’s Research Institute. Also that year, the Research Institute not only began a human testing phase for a new HIV/AIDS vaccine, but they finished the year with $34 million in external research awards. A new 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) research building opened in 2004. In 2006, the Nationwide Foundation donated a 10-year, $50 million gift to support child safety and injury prevention, neonatal intensive care, and the heart center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In 2007, the Columbus Children’s Research Institute was renamed The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.