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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Ranked Among Nation's Best Pediatric Hospitals by U S News & World Report

Hospital’s Neurology & Neurosurgery Program Ranked in the Top Three Nationally

June 5, 2012

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report in its 2012-13 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital earned national rankings in all 10 specialties, improving its 2011 scores in eight categories. The hospital’s Neurology & Neurosurgery program ranked 3rd in the country, and its Gastroenterology program was ranked as the 9th best nationally. The hospital also ranked in the top 25 in Cancer (14), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (16), Pulmonology (17), Urology (21) and Orthopedics (21), and ranked in the top 50 in Diabetes (26), Nephrology (33) and Neonatology (44).

“These rankings confirm what we have long known to be true — Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has an unwavering commitment to improving quality and expanding the scope of patient care for our youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Ricardo Rodriguez, MD, Interim Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. “Our dedication to patient care and safety will continue to grow in the coming years thanks to our involvement in statewide and national initiatives.”

In 2011, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital participated in The Ohio Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative, a statewide initiative leading to a collective 60 percent reduction in surgical site infections and 34.5 percent reduction in adverse drug events.

Last year saw the opening of key facilities at the Children’s Hospital, including a Special Delivery Unit, which streamlines delivery and immediate newborn management for serious fetal and maternal conditions. The hospital also opened a Hybrid Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory to provide lifesaving catheter-based treatment combined with surgical treatment for newborns with complex congenital heart disease.

According to U.S.News, the 2012-13 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals recognizes the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 medical specialties, based on clinical and operational data about each hospital’s survival rates, nurse staffing, sub-specialist availability, and other information that may be difficult for parents or caregivers to find on their own.

In addition to the data, pediatric specialists were asked to recommend the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.

The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

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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 is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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