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Kids First

An Expanding Network of Family-Centered Care

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we put kids and families first. Because we understand that children and their parents deserve — and in fact, require — an extra dose of compassion.

Since 1921, Cleveland Clinic has provided compassionate, family centered, world-class pediatric care, working to restore children and adolescents to health so that they can return to their everyday activities as soon as possible. And that level of skill, caring and service makes us shine. In 2010, more than 80 of the physicians in our Children’s were acclaimed as being among the “Best Doctors in America.” In 2010, Cleveland Clinic Children’s was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in more pediatric specialties than any other Children’s in Northern Ohio

What Makes Us Special

Many things set our Children’s apart from other pediatric facilities. For one, we’re an integral part of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. This gives young patients and families the unique advantage of being able to draw upon the expertise of the internationally known specialists and state-of-the-art technology that make Cleveland Clinic great.

Our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and Cleveland Clinic’s secure electronic record system allow Children’s pediatricians, regardless of location, to partner with pediatric specialists across the system to ensure that infants, children and adolescents receive the best care possible.

So our patients and their parents can rest easier, knowing that they will receive world class care — whether they are treated at Cleveland Clinic Children’s on our Main Campus, at our community hospitals, or at our many Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers.

Kids Need More Than Medicine to Get Well

Caring for sick children is not the same as caring for adults. It takes something special to be a pediatrician. Maybe it’s an extra dose of compassion, maybe it’s a desire to make life better for the most helpless of us. It takes extraordinary intelligence to sleuth out accurate diagnoses, to know which treatments work best and to perform the research that will lead to breakthroughs that improve kids’ health and lives.

A Family-Friendly Philosophy

Young patients’ families play a crucial role in their recovery and health. That’s why Children’s physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers and child life specialists are committed to partnering with each child’s family.

At the heart of this care are pediatric nurses who are specially trained to work with children and families in each clinical area. In an effort to provide the most compassionate care possible, we feature a high nurse-to-patient ratio. This commitment to full staffing also includes pediatric social workers. They play a central role in helping patients and their families deal with the emotional and logistical concerns that a child’s illness poses, and provide referrals to community resources.

Our child life specialists help young patients understand their medical experiences — because research has shown that when children understand what’s happening to them, they cope more effectively and experience less psychological trauma.

Our family-friendly philosophy prompts us to encourage parents, whenever possible, to stay overnight with their child at our Children’s and to assist in their care. And pediatric hospitalists — specialized pediatricians who oversee a child’s care and communicate with families throughout the hospital stay — are on staff at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus, Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus, Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals.

Care in the Community

Specialty care for kids — right in your backyard. For your convenience, our Children’s offers a full range of pediatric medical and surgical specialty services right in your neighborhood. Pediatric medical and surgical specialists are available at both Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals. Fairview and Hillcrest also have the only specialized pediatric emergency department physicians in Cleveland’s suburbs, and well-equipped neonatal intensive care units on site to handle the needs of our youngest, most delicate patients.

Our Pediatric Critical Care Transport Service provides easy transfer by land or air to our Main Campus Children’s when more intensive treatment is required.

Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers throughout the region also provide superb pediatric care. Children’s specialists will continue to extend the care they provide as offices open further out in the region.

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