Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has a special place in its heart for kids -- and vice versa. The pediatric health care facility offers specialty treatments for children and adolescents suffering from just about any malady, including those of the heart and liver, as well as blood diseases and cancer. Cincinnati Children's Hospital has some 520 beds and operates nearly a dozen outpatient care centers. Founded in 1883, the not-for-profit hospital runs the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in the region and serves as a teaching and research facility for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Reaching beyond Cincinnati, the hospital also provides services to communities in southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky through its network of outpatient clinics. These centers include community urgent and emergency care facilities and general and specialty physician practices, as well as laboratory, radiology, dentistry, and physical therapy clinics. The hospital expanded its outpatient network by opening a Cincinnati center for kids with special needs and chronic ailments in 2010.
The Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation conducts research and clinical trials of pediatric medical innovations, including new vaccines and surgical techniques. It has research partnerships with hospitals in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The hospital and research foundation's contributions to pediatric medicine include the rotavirus vaccine (approved in for use in the US in 2008) and Albert Sabin's discovery of the oral polio vaccine (first tested in 1960). In order to more closely align its research and clinical operations, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center formed three new institutes in 2009: The Heart Institute, the Perinatal Institute, and the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.
Cincinnati Children's Medical Center has remained on the forefront of the digital revolution that has swept the health care industry. In recent years the organization has linked its emergency, inpatient, radiology, pharmacy, and specialty department patient data together to create an electronic medical record (EHR). The move toward an integrated EMR system is meant to reduce patient errors (such as dispensing the wrong medications to patients) and provide efficiencies and improved communication between departments. – less