In the News

Kids Win Again 

Cincinnati Children’s has achieved Magnet status, the nation’s gold standard for recognizing nursing excellence. Only 6 percent of US hospitals have achieved Magnet status. “What matters most about this recognition is that the kids win again,” says Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE senior vice president of Patient Services. “Outstanding care provided by highly skilled and caring staff – that’s what we’re all about and what Magnet recognizes.”

Peña Earns Surgery’s Most Prestigious Award  

Nina and her family presented Dr. Peña with the award.Our April 2008 issue introduced you to Alberto Peña, MD, director of the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s, and Nina Mayers, one of his patients. Later that year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery bestowed it highest honor, the William E. Ladd Medal, to Dr. Peña. Nina and her family presented Dr. Peña with the award, which recognizes his innovative contributions to pediatric surgery, his dedication to educating other medical practitioners and his devotion to patients and their families. “Dr. Ladd was the first pediatric surgeon. His work is the foundation of all the knowledge we have today in pediatric surgery,” Peña says. “I feel proud, honored, privileged and grateful to receive this award.”

Liberty Campus Offers Specialized Services 

In February, Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus marked the six month anniversary of its opening. Families in northern Cincinnati now have improved access to expert pediatric services, including:


 Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus is the newest neighborhood location.
  • A 24/7 pediatric emergency room
  • X-rays and imaging
  • Laboratory and testing services
  • Outpatient surgery
  • A comprehensive range of pediatric medical and surgical specialty clinics



Heart Institute Appoints Towbin as Co-Director  

Jeffrey Towbin, MD, is the new director of the Division of Cardiology and executive co-director of the Heart Institute.In March, Cincinnati Children’s welcomed Jeffrey Towbin, MD, as the new director of the Division of Cardiology and executive co-director of the Heart Institute. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Towbin attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and did his first rotation in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. Towbin hopes to build the programs of the future, setting new standards for cardiac research and patient care.

“The Heart Institute concept was the draw for me,” he says. “There’s nothing else like it in pediatrics.”

Learn more about the Heart Institute by reading Harrison's Story.

Anderson to Step Down as President and CEO  

James M. Anderson recently announced that he would step down from his role as president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. Over his 12-year tenure, the medical center has experienced amazing growth and has become a global leader in child health. A committee, led by board chair Thomas G. Cody, has begun the search for Anderson’s successor. The transition is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.

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