Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a 523-bed pediatric hospital
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 located in Cincinnati, Ohio
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. It is currently ranked the third-best pediatric medical center in the United States
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 by US News and World Report. It is home to the country's busiest pediatric emergency department, performs the second largest number of surgical procedures at a children's hospital
Children's hospital
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 in the nation, and is southwest Ohio's only Level 1 pediatric trauma center. Cincinnati Children's receives the second-most NIH funds of any pediatric institution in the United States. The pediatric residency training program at CCHMC 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 III Regional Center for Newborn Intensive Care.


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

The original articles of incorporation are as follows: "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."

In 1884 the initial building was a single three bedroom home in Walnut Hills, a community north of downtown Cincinnati, at the corners of Park Avenue and Kemper Street. 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 only restriction was that no child with an infectious disease may be admitted.

The original site admitted 157 patients over the next four years. On November 23, 1887, all patients were transferred from the Walnut Hills location to the site of the permanent location on Burnett Avenue in Clifton.

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 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, twenty beds on the second floor, and an isolation ward for contagious diseases on the third floor. 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 hospital has been a significant player in a variety of historic medical breakthroughs, most prominently Dr. Albert Sabin's
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 development of the oral polio vaccine
Polio vaccine
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, which went into use in the United States in 1960.


For 2009 the hospital reports 1,000,079 patient encounters, 735,926 of which are from specialty outpatient visits, 114,985 Emergency Department visits, and 60,243 outpatient primary care visits. These patients hailed from 40 countries and 47 states The hospital is not-for-profit, and of $1.160 billion in revenues in 2007, $1.136 billion was spent on hospital operations. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center employs 11,666 people including an active medical staff of 1,442.

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

Awards and Rankings

  • American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize for its leadership in improving outcomes through family-centered care and a dedication to transparency (2006).
  • 2nd in the nation, among all pediatric medical centers in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2006).
  • 5th in the nation by Child Magazine (2007)
  • 1st in nation, Christopher Bratcher, Bejeweled High Score - 3,287,450
  • 3rd in the nation of pediatric
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     hospitals, U.S. News & World Report
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  • Michael Fisher, President, CEO, and Trustee
  • Thomas G. Cody, Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Scott J. Hamlin, Treasurer of Board of Trustees, CFO, Senior VP
  • Diane White, Secretary of Board of Trustees
  • Richard Azizkhan, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief
  • Arnold W. Strauss, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Chair of Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, Chair of Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Brian D. Coley, MD, Radiologist-in-Chief
  • Dean Kurth, MD, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief

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