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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Ranked Among Top Hospitals in Country

Planned Growth in 2010 to Further Strengthen Highly Regarded Pediatric Programs

6/3/10

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital ranked in more specialties than any children’s hospital in northern Ohio in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

The hospital’s Neurology & Neurosurgery program ranked No. 1 in Ohio for the third consecutive year and ranked No. 6 nationally. Overall, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital earned national rankings in eight out of 10 specialties, including:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery 6th (Best in Ohio)
  • Gastroenterology 21st (Best in northern Ohio)
  • Heart & Heart Surgery 22nd (Best in northern Ohio)
  • Urology 30th (Best in northern Ohio)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology 18th
  • Cancer 27th
  • Orthopedics 21st
  • Kidney 26th

“These rankings are an acknowledgement of our growth as a center of excellence for pediatric care across many different specialties,” said Robert Wyllie, MD, Physician-In-Chief and Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute & Children’s Hospital. “We have plans in 2010 for continued growth of our subspecialty staff and programs which will strengthen our ability to offer services to patients and families for the most complex conditions.”

In the past four years, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has added more than 120 physicians. A staff of 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see more than 500,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for an average of 200 children per day.

In 2009, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital expanded its highly regarded pediatric and congenital heart and heart surgery programs by adding four pediatric cardiologists and a cardiothoracic surgeon. In the fall of 2010, the children’s hospital will add a bone marrow transplant program, expand the pediatric intensive care unit and open a new ward for transplant patients and children with cancer.

The 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings are based on reputation, outcomes, patient volume, surgical volume, and care-related measures such as nursing, infection control, credentialing, and other factors related to each specialty area.

This was the first year U.S. News included rankings of infection-preventing activities, in which Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital ranked highest in Ohio in eight specialty categories.

“Our staff has been diligent in applying best practices in patient care areas, as well as developing standardized procedures that have successfully reduced the risk of infection to patients,” said Patient Safety Officer Shannon Phillips, MD.

The rankings will be published online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals on Thursday, June 3, as well as in the August print issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will be available to subscribers July 15 and on newsstands July 27.

About Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Children’s Hospital supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at 10 family health centers in Northeast Ohio. A staff of 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see more than 500,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for an average of 218 children per day. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine community hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

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