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Outcomes

Our commitment to providing accurate, timely information about patient care is designed to help patients and referring physicians make informed healthcare decisions.

Many things set Children’s Hospital apart from other pediatric facilities, among them:

  • We are an integral part of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where more than 200 pediatric specialists form the foundation of our care.
  • We provide our patients and families 24/7 access to board-certified, on-site specialists and research expertise.
  • Our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and secure electronic medical records allow pediatricians, regardless of location, to partner with our specialists to develop innovative care plans and provide the best care possible.

The most recent Outcomes Book is available for review.

The following are additional highlights:

Anesthesia

Pediatric anesthesiologists provide up-to-date anesthetic techniques that have been proven effective in reducing vomiting in the postoperative period among high-risk patients.

Autism

The percentage of children able to return to their home districts or less specialized educational placements following experiences at the Lerner School in our Autism Center has increased to 9 percent.

Cancer Care

Our pediatric oncologists care for young patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sarcomas, brain tumors, rare childhood cancers or other malignancies. Our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group and other national study groups gives our patients access to more than 100 national trials of investigational cancer therapies at any given time.

Congenital Heart

A team specifically trained and dedicated to the care of children and adults with congenital heart disease provides an environment that ensures comfortable and safe care of all patients.

In 2009:

  • our Heart Center registered nearly 14,000 outpatient visits
  • our cardiologists performed 450 heart-related catheterizations
  • pediatric cardiac surgeons performed over 240 surgeries and our success rates, including those for repairing heart defects in newborns, are excellent

Digestive Disease

Our pediatric digestive disease experts evaluate and treat all gastrointestinal and liver disorders in infants, children and adolescents. They are as committed to research as they are to patient care, and are conducting groundbreaking research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on fatty liver disease and obesity in children.

Epilepsy and Neurology

Working together, our neurologists and neurosurgeons have helped to refine the use of the slender scope to navigate fluid-filled chambers within the brain, a technique called neuroendoscopy.

Feeding Disorders

  • Significant increases in the number of foods accepted were recorded in children who previously severely restricted their intake.
  • Following treatment, a substantial number of children significantly reduced their dependency on calories provided through nasogastric/gastrostomy tube supplementation.
  • Following treatment, there was a significant reduction in the number of former premature babies who met criteria for failure-to-thrive.

Rehabilitation

Using a tool that measures and tracks the development of functional independence, children in programs at Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus achieved higher functional status than expected nationally for pediatric rehabilitation facilities.

Transplantation

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive pediatric transplant center in Northern Ohio, treating patients from infancy through young adulthood and offering heart, liver, lung and kidney and small bowel transplantation.

  • Our success rate for heart transplantation is consistently higher than the national average, and we are one of the select centers worldwide to have performed more than 100 pediatric heart transplants.
  • We offer young patients waiting for transplant life-saving “bridge” treatment with mechanical hearts, and our heart surgeons are participating in a 10-year NIH program to develop an artificial heart small enough to fit in an infant’s chest.
  • Our pediatric liver transplant team is one of the most experienced in the nation, offering living donor, split-graft and deceased donor transplants.
  • Our Kidney Transplant Center has more experience with pediatric kidney transplantation than any other program in Northeast Ohio, and is affiliated with a dedicated Pediatric Dialysis Unit

Omission of outcomes for a particular treatment does not mean we do not offer that treatment. When outcomes for a specific treatment are unavailable, we often report process measures that have documented relationships with improved outcomes. When process measures are unavailable, we report volume measures; a volume/outcome relationship has been demonstrated for many treatments, particularly those involving surgical technique.

For more information on outcomes, please view our Outcomes Book