Buckeye babies, toddlers, and teens don't have to travel the country wide to find pediatric care with Nationwide Children's Hospital at their disposal. The Columbus, Ohio health care provider is one of the largest pediatric care centers in the US. The hospital has some 360 licensed beds and offers services in areas such as behavioral health, cardiology, hospice, orthopedics, and surgery. It has roughly 1,000 health care providers on its medical staff and its emergency department treats more than 85,000 patients each year. The hospital also operates outpatient and specialty clinics in the area and a research institute which is investigating gene therapy. Nationwide Children's Hospital opened its doors in 1892.
Nationwide Children's Hospital's payer mix is composed of about 45% commercial payers and 50% Medicaid. Others payers include self-pay and research grants.
The health system is in the midst of a $740 million project to build a new main hospital scheduled to open in 2012 with a total of about 460 beds. . It also plans to expand other health care and research facilities. – less