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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

This article is about Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. For other similarly named hospitals, see Children's Hospital (disambiguation).
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Care system Not-for-Profit
Hospital type Research, Community, Teaching
Affiliated university University of Cincinnati
Emergency department Yes
Beds 598 registered inpatient beds
Founded 1883
Lists Hospitals in Ohio

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a 598-bed pediatric hospital located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is ranked third among all Honor Roll hospitals in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of best children's hospitals. It is home to the country's busiest pediatric emergency department, performs the second largest number of surgical procedures at a children's hospital in the nation, and is Southwest Ohio's only Level I pediatric trauma center. Cincinnati Children's receives the third-most NIH funds of any pediatric institution in the United States. The pediatric residency training program at Cincinnati Children's is among the largest in the world, training approximately 130 graduate physicians each year. Cincinnati Children's is home to a large neonatology department that oversees newborn nurseries at local hospitals and the medical center's own 59-bed Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit.


In June 1883, a meeting of women from parish communities around Cincinnati established a mission to create a Diocesan Hospital for Children. On November 16, 1883, the "Hospital of the Protestant Episcopal Church" of the Diocese of Southern Ohio was incorporated.

The original articles of incorporation included the following statement: "This corporation is not created for profit, but will rely for its establishment and support on the voluntary gifts and contribution of the charitable and humane, and therefore is to have no capital stock."

The hospital opened in March 1884 in a rented home in Walnut Hills, a community north of downtown Cincinnati, at the corners of Park Avenue and Kemper Street (now Yale). This building provided for fifteen patients, and within eight months had admitted a total of 38 children. The only patients eligible for admission were aged 1–15, suffering from an acute or chronic disease (or convalescent from such), required medical or surgical treatment. The hospital provided free care, without regard to race, religion, creed or color. The only restriction was that no child with an infectious disease may be admitted.

The small house was inadequate, with only three bedrooms, one small bathroom, and not enough hot water or heat. Generous contributors J. Josiah and Thomas J. Emery came to the rescue. They donated land in Mt. Auburn and built a three-story brick hospital. On November 23, 1887, all patients were transferred from the Walnut Hills location to the new hospital on Mason Street, near The Christ Hospital.

Originally endowed with a fund of $3,506.48 in November 1884, the hospital's endowment had grown to over $85,000 by the turn of the 20th century.

In 1904, a new three-story wing, connecting with the rear of the main building, was built. The addition cost over $20,000 at the time, and included provisions for a large play-room, a chapel and an isolation ward for children with contagious diseases. A new operating room was installed on the top floor of the main hospital at this time, and various other improvements increased the capacity of the hospital at this time to 90 beds.

The 1920s brought dramatic changes, under the visionary leadership of William Cooper Procter, president of the board of trustees, and Albert Graeme Mitchell, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of The Children's Hospital. In 1926, the hospital moved to a new 200-bed facility near the College of Medicine and established an academic affiliation with the college. In 1928, William Cooper Procter donated $2.5 million to build and endow The Children's Hospital Research Foundation, which opened in 1931. The hospital entered the decade of the 1930s as an important center for pediatric patient care, education and research—as it continues to be today.

The hospital has been a significant player in a variety of historic medical breakthroughs, most prominently Dr. Albert Sabin's development of the oral polio vaccine, which went into use in the United States in 1960.

Facts and Figures

The hospital served patients from 53 countries and 50 states in fiscal 2013. It recorded 1,161,009 patient encounters, 828,743 outpatient specialty visits, 127,367 Emergency Department visits, 78,905 outpatient primary care visits, 32,188 surgical procedures and 45,655 surgical hours. In fiscal 2013, Cincinnati Children's trained 213 clinical fellows, 158 research postdoctoral fellows, and 223 residents. Cincinnati Children's received more than $35 million in philanthropic gifts. Revenues in fiscal 2013 totaled $1.931 billion, including more than $157 million in research grants. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center employed 13,852 people in fiscal 2013. The active medical staff totaled 1,493, including hospital-based faculty and community-based physicians.[1]

Cincinnati Children's vision is "to be the leader in improving child health." For research, Cincinnati Children's receives the third highest awards to a pediatric institution from the National Institutes of Health and is recognized as one of the top three pediatric training institutions in the United States.

Awards and rankings

  • 1st in the nation in cancer treatment (pediatric) in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of best children's hospitals
  • 3rd in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of best children's hospitals
  • 3rd in the nation rankings of Heart Institute by Parents Magazine and 5th in the nation in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey
  • 3rd highest recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for pediatric research
  • Magnet status, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Named to the Leapfrog Group's list of the top 10 children's hospitals for quality and safety
  • 3rd best Department of Pediatrics at a US medical school, in U.S. News & World Report 2013 survey of best graduate schools
  • American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize for its leadership in improving outcomes through family-centered care and a dedication to transparency (2006).


  • Michael Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Thomas G. Cody, Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Scott J. Hamlin, Chief Operating Officer
  • Mark Mumford, Chief Financial Officer
  • Vicki L. Davies, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • Elizabeth A. Stautberg, Secretary, Board of Trustees, General Counsel and Senior Vice President
  • Richard Azizkhan, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief
  • Brian D. Coley, MD, Radiologist-in-Chief
  • Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President, Patient Services
  • C. Dean Kurth, MD, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief
  • Arnold W. Strauss, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Director of Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, Chairman of Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Alberto Peña, MD, Director of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Colorectal Center

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