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Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OhioHealth Partner on Emergency Services

Both will provide separate 24/7 full service emergency departments in Lewis Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beginning at 8 a.m. today, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OhioHealth will offer separate 24/7 full service emergency departments under one roof in Lewis Center. In addition to emergency services, a wide range of outpatient services are also available. The facility is located at 7853 Pacer Drive in Delaware, just north of Orange Road in Orange Township.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Emergency Department features:

  • Pediatric Emergency Department for children and teens, staffed by board-certified/eligible pediatric emergency medicine sub-specialists
  • Expertise in pediatric advanced life support and resuscitation, as well as evaluation and treatment for acute injury and medical conditions
  • Radiology (X-ray and ultrasound)

It’s important for parents to understand when to seek appropriate health care for their child. For guidelines on when best to use urgent care or emergency services, visit

“We are proud to partner with OhioHealth to deliver the highest quality healthcare in a convenient location in Lewis Center to better meet the needs of children and adults in this growing region,” said Patty McClimon, Nationwide Children’s senior vice president of Strategic and Facilities Planning. “This will be our first offsite, free standing pediatric emergency department and it will serve as the foundation for our 20th Close To Home Center which opened at this location late last year.”

The OhioHealth Emergency Care Center features:

  • A full array of services and procedures offered by traditional hospital emergency departments
  • Eight private patient rooms, a resuscitation room and a triage room
  • Advanced imaging capabilities, including CT, MRI, ultrasound and X-ray
  • Outpatient MRI (with physician referral)

“This collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a new concept to central Ohio that places emergency care for the entire family in the same building,” said Steve Markovich, MD, OhioHealth senior VP, central Ohio operations. “On the OhioHealth side, adult patients will be able to receive expert care from the same emergency medicine physicians who see patients at other OhioHealth emergency departments, close to where they live and work. Even without being physically attached to a hospital, our Emergency Care Center is equipped to handle most any medical emergency.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Close to Home Center

The building’s second floor houses a Nationwide Children’s Hospital Close To Home Center, which opened in late October 2016. It includes:

  • Cardiology clinic (opened January 31, 2017)
  • Developmental occupational therapy
  • Developmental physical therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Retail Store – Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Laboratory services (accepts walk-ins with physician referral)
  • EKG testing
  • Radiology (X-ray and ultrasound)

“Our Close To Home Centers are always designed to complement services already provided by community physicians,” McClimon added. “In developing these sites, we work closely with the community pediatricians and family practice physicians in order to understand their patients’ needs and determine the types of specialty clinics and services we need to provide. Our care model focuses on the importance of a ‘medical home’ for all children, and parents are always advised to first consult with their child’s physician. Additionally, the Nationwide Children’s model is designed to deliver care in partnership with a patient’s primary care physician, which includes consistent, timely reporting to physicians regarding care provided to their patients.”

OhioHealth Lewis Center Health Center

The third floor of the facility is home to the OhioHealth Lewis Center Health Center, which also opened in late October 2016. Outpatient services include:

  • Heart and vascular
  • Imaging/MRI
  • Laboratory services
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Primary care
  • Rehabilitation (including pelvic floor rehab)/physical therapy

The medical team uses secure electronic medical records that are accessible throughout all OhioHealth hospitals and facilities.

“Lewis Center and its surrounding communities have experienced steady growth in their populations over the last few years, and that growth is expected to continue,” said Markovich. “With growth of this magnitude comes a need for high quality healthcare resources and we are thrilled to be working together with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide a variety of medical services that will meet the healthcare needs of these communities.”

The OhioHealth Lewis Center Health Center was designed around patient safety, comfort and convenience. This includes lots of windows and open space to help create a calm and comfortable environment, as well as free parking and free Wi-Fi.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at .

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for ten years in a row, 2007-2016.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at