CAMBRIDGE -- Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital, located in Columbus, have announced an affiliation.

Nationwide Children's is nationally-recognized as one of only ten children's hospitals on U.S. News and World Report's 2014-15 "America's Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll" and is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institute of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities in the U.S.

Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center and Nationwide will be collaborating on various programs that benefit pediatric patients in our community through high-quality, cost effective care.

The agreement allows access to Nationwide Children Hospital's physicians, physician and nurse education, and clinical care within Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

"We are excited to solidify our relationship with Nationwide Children's Hospital in efforts to enhance our pediatric and neonatal care locally. By combining the resources and expertise of Nationwide Children's Hospital with that of our current pediatricians, we will be able to provide the highest level of care to our patients," explained Angie Long RN, MSN/MBA/HC, NEA-BC, vice president of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ed Conaway, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center echoed these sentiments when saying, "Southeastern Med is fortunate to have established this affiliation with Nationwide Children's Hospital. It will not only help us to continue to provide quality care to our pediatric patients and provide educational resources to our healthcare providers, it will facilitate access for our patients to this nationwide leader in pediatric care."

This partnership will further enhance the pediatric care provided to patients in our community, ensuring that children in Cambridge receive the best care possible. " Nationwide Children's Hospital is pleased to collaborate with Southeastern Med to enhance neonatal and pediatric care in Guernsey county and surrounding communities, said Darrell Mosby, Vice President of Regional Development at Nationwide Children's. "Our neonatologists and pediatric specialists are looking forward to working with the hospital and community physicians to provide care that keeps patient-families close to home."

"We are extremely proud and excited to be affiliated with Nationwide Children's Hospital and feel that the various resources that will now be afforded to us here in the community hospital setting will enable us to stay up-to-date with current evidenced based/best practices when providing care for our patients right here at home," noted Datha Keyser, RN, BSN, RNC- OB, EFM-C, director of Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center's Childbirth Center.

Additional information about this partnership between Southeastern Med and Nationwide Children's will be made available to you once it has been determined.

For information about Southeastern Med or its pediatrics program, visit www.seormc.org.