Awards and National Recognition

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Parents magazine has named Cincinnati Children’s among the 20 most innovative children’s hospitals of 2018, calling out our development of a mini MRI that offers radiation-free images in just 10 to 30 minutes for our smallest patients.

The honor reinforces our legacy of making discoveries, sharing our ideas and bringing them to life for kids everywhere by developing and adopting the latest technologies and innovations.

Parents selected the top hospitals from results of a detailed survey sent to members of the Children’s Hospital Association, which considered the medical advances and track-record of 162 hospitals. 

Magnet logo.Cincinnati Children’s in 2018 has again attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“What matters most about this recognition is that the kids win again,” says Barb Tofani, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient services, at Cincinnati Children’s. “Outstanding care provided by highly skilled and caring staff − that's what we're all about and what Magnet recognizes.”

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. Cincinnati Children’s was previously granted Magnet status in 2013 and 2009.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved during the previous four years.

Out of nearly 6,000 hospitals in the United States, fewer than 7 percent have earned Magnet recognition.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as the third best pediatric program at a medical school in the United States, behind only the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. The UC Department of Pediatrics is comprised entirely of faculty members from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The third-place ranking, based on a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty, is in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report guide to America’s best medical schools.

  • Cincinnati Children’s ranked No. 18 in Forbes’ first-ever list of best employers for women in the United States for 2018. The magazine surveyed 40,000 Americans about issues such as working conditions, diversity, pay equity, opportunities for advancement and family leave. Learn more about the survey.
  • The Human Rights Campaign has named Cincinnati Children's a 2018 Healthcare Equality Leader in recognition of our care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, families and employees. See "Recognition for LGBT Care" above.
  • Cincinnati Children’s was inducted in to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work Hall of Fame” in 2008.

Healthcare Equality Index badge.The Human Rights Campaign has named Cincinnati Children's a 2018 Healthcare Equality Leader in recognition of our care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and families. 

The Healthcare Equality Index measures how healthcare facilities in the United States treat their LGBT patients, employees and families.  Measures include policies addressing patient and employment nondiscrimination, patient and family visitation and training in LGBT patient-centered care.

Charla Weiss, interim manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said Cincinnati Children’s is committed to treating every family that visits the hospital and every employee of the organization with respect and dignity.

"Since 2013, Cincinnati Children’s has been closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and our Transgender Clinic is constantly pushing us toward fulfilling our promise to provide inclusive care to all," she said.

The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s has been named the first accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in the United States.

The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium's designation recognized the Heart Institute for seeking “pre-eminence in heart care.”

Through an aggressive improvement initiative, Cincinnati Children’s ensured medically ready patients leave the hospital more quickly, freeing up critical bed space for waiting patients. International healthcare experts have named Cincinnati Children’s the 2013 Pediatric Quality Award overall winner.  

The annual award is given by the Children’s Hospital Association for exceptional clinical and business improvements in children’s hospitals that are making a significant impact on healthcare for sick children. This project was selected from more than 85 entries.

Cincinnati Children’s decreased patient length of stay by having physicians prioritize their patient rounds for children who are medically ready for discharge and redesigning its pharmacy to manage prescriptions more efficiently.

DiversityInc announced that Cincinnati Children’s took the fourth spot on the 2014 Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems List. More than a thousand public and privately held companies competed for spots on the list that was first published in 2001.

“Our foundational core value is ‘respect everyone,’ ” says President and CEO Michael Fisher. “At Cincinnati Children’s, diversity means embracing both the similarities and differences of our colleagues to accelerate our ability to change the outcome for kids.”

“Linking cultural competency, diversity and patient experience has propelled Cincinnati Children’s to be one of the leading pediatric medical centers in the world,” says James Page, assistant vice president, Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence.

Cincinnati Children’s has been named one of Health Care’s Most Wired by Hospitals & Health Networks for the fourth year in a row.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Most Wired hospital,” says Marianne James, senior vice president and CIO, Information Services, Cincinnati Children’s. “Cincinnati Children’s is dedicated to being a leader in improving child health, and that means leading the way with technology too, enabling innovative research and continuous improvements in patient care.”

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One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

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Cincinnati Children’s was ranked No. 2 in the 2018-19 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report. See What Sets Us Apart