Our New Hospital-By the Numbers

This past week we were on the construction site for the new hospital scoping out locations for our grand opening events (June, 2012 is right around the corner). We were also taping an amazing new commercial for the holiday season (which I’ll be telling you more about very soon).

It had been several weeks since I’d been in the new hospital and the transformation is amazing! Everywhere I went there were teams working. Landscapers are planting the final trees for the 6-acre park, concrete crews are putting in sidewalks and inside the building, and it’s a beehive of activity. Dozens of different companies and crews are all coordinating and orchestrating their work together. You can feel the excitement and their pride in the air as the building is coming together.

And this has been an immense effort. In fact, the largest pediatric expansion ever undertaken, anywhere! When our campus expansion is completed next year we will be the 2nd largest pediatric hospital and research campus in America!



Here are some amazing stats about our new hospital — by the numbers.

  • Each floor in the 12-story hospital is the size of a football field
  • The building features more than 675 miles of communication and electrical cables (long enough to run from here to the Atlantic Ocean!)
  • Workers poured more than 33,000 cubic yards of concrete (enough for a 51-mile driveway)
  • 57 miles of copper plumbing and gas pipe
  • 800 tons of duct work and 6.4 miles of carbon-steel ventilation pipe
  • 4,000 individual grills, registers and other ventilation devices
  • 6,000 electrical outlets and 14,000 light fixtures

I’m going to be writing more about the new hospital. Let me know what questions you have and we’ll be sure to address them.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

2 thoughts on “Our New Hospital-By the Numbers

  1. Great update, Donna, I love seeing new info on our new facilities, & can’t wait to move in.

    I also want to alert you (you may already know) to NCH having been mentioned on the Huffingtonpost this past weekend and not in a good way, but rather as a target for a bigoted hating bully: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/23/linda-harvey-warns-against-gay-doctors_n_1027373.html

    I’ve been at NCH for 23 years and have worked with and for gay people for my entire tenure and have, of course, never noticed any difference in the quality of their work due to their sexual orientation. Claims such as Ms. Harvey’s are utterly ridiculous. I am proud to work for a company that recognizes quality regardless of such trivialities.


    Lorence P. Sing, MT(ASCP)
    LIS Systems Analyst
    ChildLab Database Analyst
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

    1. Lorence – I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. You’re part of what makes Nationwide Children’s Hospital such a special place.

      Also, thank you for bringing up the Huffington post – actually thier posting was not unfavorable toward the hospital however, the blogger they were referencing in the article has expressed concerns about our approach to diversity -specifically the GLBT community. I am happy to address that original author’s comments.

      Everything we do at Nationwide Children’s is driven by our mission of providing comprehensive care to children and their families. That’s why we’re here. Consistent with that mission, we advocate for all children and families, regardless of their religious, ethnic, race, socio-economic backgrounds or family structure. While we do not advocate for any specific lifestyle or sexual orientation, we are deeply committed to supporting inclusion and diversity among our patient and employee populations. With regard to our employees, we are confident in their abilities to provide expert, compassionate pediatric care and we do not ask about their religious, ethnic, race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.

      I was happy to the many supportive comments from the Huffington Post readers (and other Blogs that have picked up on this issue). At the end of the day it’s about providing outstanding care to children and their families and providing a work environment that is supportive and promotes excellence. I’m proud of the amazing staff we have here at Nationwide Children’s and I know you are too.

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