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Cleveland Clinic Ranks No. 1 in Heart, Nephrology, Urology in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2013”

Cleveland Clinic’s heart, nephrology and urology programs are each ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2013.”

This year’s rankings mark the 18th consecutive year that Cleveland Clinic has ranked as the best in the country for cardiology and heart surgery. Overall, Cleveland Clinic is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and again placed among the nation’s best hospitals, ranking 4th in the country. In all, 14 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally.

Specialty Areas U.S. Ranking Ohio Ranking
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 1 1
Kidney Disorders 1 1
Urology 1 1
Gastroenterology 2 1
Diabetes & Endocrinology 2 1
Ear, Nose & Throat 2 1
Rheumatology 2 1
Pulmonology 3 1
Orthopaedics 3 1
Gynecology 3 1
Geriatrics 4 1
Neurology & Neurosurgery 5 1
Cancer 6 1
Ophthalmology 9 1

“The U.S. News rankings are a tribute to the hard work of all of our employees and their continued dedication to the health and well-being of our patients,” says Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “While the rankings are gratifying, we continue to focus on clinical excellence, quality care and our patients’ overall experience.”

Among Cleveland Clinic’s highly ranked programs, 12 placed in the Top 5 and seven – cardiology/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; gastroenterology; nephrology; rheumatology; and urology – placed in the Top 2.

Since 1994, no hospital in the country has ranked higher than Cleveland Clinic in cardiac care.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the 18th consecutive year as the best hospital for heart care,” says Bruce Lytle, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “We have hundreds of devoted caregivers who are focused every day on providing the best care possible for our patients who entrust us with their lives. The No. 1 ranking is a testament to their trust in us and the skills, expertise and dedication of our staff.”

Nephrology and urology, which are both housed within Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, joined cardiology and heart surgery at No. 1 this year.

“We are delighted and humbled by this recognition, which acknowledges the talent and dedication of the entire institute team at all levels in both urology and nephrology,” says Eric Klein, MD, Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “It’s a reflection of our dedicated teamwork focusing on excellence in patient care, as well as our commitment to expanding diagnostic and treatment options for our patients through innovation and research.”

Nearly 5,000 hospitals were assessed by U.S. News, with fewer than 150 scoring high enough to be ranked in even one category. Rankings are based on death rates, procedure volume, advanced technology, patient services, and the balance of nurses and patients, except in four specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology – in which hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

According to U.S. News, the Best Hospitals rankings are meant to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

In addition to national rankings, U.S. News ranked hospitals by state and region too. Seven of Cleveland Clinic’s regional hospitals – Fairview (4), Hillcrest (5), South Pointe (6), Marymount (8), Lutheran (9), Euclid (10) and Lakewood (10) – ranked within the Top 10 of Cleveland-area hospitals.

Cleveland Clinic Florida received a national ranking in gastroenterology (48) and is ranked No. 3 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and No. 7 in the state.

In June, U.S. News released rankings for children’s hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital earned national rankings in all 10 specialties, including No. 3 in neurology & neurosurgery and No. 9 in gastroenterology.

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Cavaliers Support Renovation at Children’s Hospital

New draft picks attend dedication

Less than 24 hours after being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller learned they are already heroes in the eyes of some of their youngest fans.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of the Cavs Family Lounge at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Shaker Campus, the two draft picks happily signed autographs and posed for photos while patients and their families eagerly crowded around them.

Ongoing Support

The basketball team, a longtime supporter of Children’s Hospital, helped renovate existing space at the hospital’s Shaker Campus into a family lounge area for parents and families of children who are receiving care. In 2011, the Cavs and the Cavaliers Youth Fund designed and outfitted an outdoor Sport Court at the hospital and continue to sponsor the Fit Youth program, which focuses on weight loss and nutritional programs for children at risk for obesity.

The newly renovated family lounge provides a dedicated, comfortable space for patients’ families to relax. Outfitted in the team’s colors of wine and gold, the lounge features large windows, plenty of sunlight and an inviting soft-leather sectional sofa positioned in front of a flat-screen television. Walls are lined with shelves filled with games, books, decks of cards and drawing paper. Also available are laptop computers, Internet access and printers.

The dedication ceremony also was attended by Cavs General Manager Chris Grant, Head Coach Byron Scott, forward/center Tristan Thompson and Cavs mascots Moondog and Sir C.C.

Gift Will Benefit Many

“Many of our patients and their families travel across the country, and some across the world, to receive care here,” says Ricardo Rodriguez, MD, Interim Chair of Children’s Hospital, who spoke at the ceremony. “We hope this room will be a source of comfort to those who are far from home. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been most gracious in donating time, energy and money to improve our facilities so that we may better serve our patients and their families.”

The Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation serves children who are recovering from trauma, surgery or an acute hospital stay, and children with chronic medical conditions and disabilities. The gift from the Cavs will benefit more than 20,000 young patients and their families who visit the hospital annually.

To make a gift supporting Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, visit our secure giving site or call Institutional Relations and Development at 216.444.1245 or toll-free at 800.223.2237, ext. 4125.

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New Endowed Chair Will Expedite Research

Miller and Ratner Families Honor Richard S. Lang, MD

Thanks to a significant gift from four Cleveland Clinic benefactors, an endowed chair within Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute will support research into early diagnosis of chronic and life-threatening diseases.

Maria and Sam Miller and Audrey and Albert Ratner contributed a combined $2 million to establish the Richard S. Lang, MD, Distinguished Chair in Preventive Medicine.

“I am humbled and quite honored by their generosity,” says Dr. Lang, who holds the Arthur S. and Arlene M. Holden Endowed Chair.

The first holder of the Lang Chair is Raul Seballos, MD, FACP, Vice Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and staff physician in the Executive Health program.

“We’re really fortunate,” says Dr. Lang, “to have an outstanding physician and person like Dr. Seballos, with whom I’ve worked side by side for many years.”

Predict and Prevent

Early disease detection is a cornerstone of preventive medicine, says Dr. Seballos, who is exploring non-invasive clinical approaches to heart disease.

“The earlier we can diagnose illness, the earlier we can begin treatment, which has a tremendous effect on patient outcomes,” he says. “This is especially true for the so-called ‘silent’ diseases with minimal symptoms, like heart disease and cancer.”

And having the ability to predict disease risk will allow physicians to customize patient care.

“Should we counsel the patient to lose weight or take aspirin or cholesterol medicine?” he says. “What findings are meaningful enough to cause us to alter treatment, and can we get a better picture of a patient’s risk for certain diseases in 10 years?

“This research will benefit patients by reducing their risk of a debilitating stroke or significant heart attack. I’m honored and privileged to receive this gift, which will expedite our research.”

Honoring Excellence

Of Cleveland Clinic’s 95 chairs, only 13 are named for physicians. The Miller and Ratner families created the chair to recognize Dr. Lang’s career and his passion for helping patients lead healthy lives.

Mr. Ratner and Mr. Miller are Co-chairmen emeriti of Forest City Enterprises Inc., a national real estate management and development company headquartered in Cleveland.

To make a gift supporting the Wellness Institute or any area of Cleveland Clinic, visit our secure giving site or call Institutional Relations and Development at 216.444.1245 or toll-free at 800.223.2237, ext. 4125.

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Ansleigh’s “Scent-sational” Donation Provides Comfort

“The bear will comfort you, and you should snuggle him tight when you don’t feel well,” wrote 12-year-old Ansleigh Adkins in a letter accompanying the Scentsy Buddy stuffed bears she donated to children diagnosed with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP); Ansleigh herself was diagnosed with FAP in 2008.

FAP is an inherited cancer in which numerous precancerous polyps develop in the lining of the colon and rectum. FAP is caused by a genetic mutation that interferes with the normal function of APC, an important gene that controls how quickly cells grow.

The only effective treatment for FAP is surgical removal of the large intestine, because the polyps are too numerous and fast-growing to be removed individually by colonoscopy. Without surgery, colon cancer is inevitable. Fortunately, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent cancer and enable patients to lead normal, healthy lives.

Because Ansleigh’s father, Charles Adkins, has FAP, Ansleigh and younger brother Chance were genetically tested in 2008. Ansleigh’s test was positive.

A Comforting Gift Sparks an Idea

Last Christmas, Ansleigh received a Scentsy Buddy, a stuffed bear with a special zippered pocket to hold a scented packet. She loved it so much she told her mother, Crystal, that she wanted to give one to another child who was sick with FAP.

“The wish just sort of snowballed,” recalls Mrs. Adkins. “People heard about it and just gave us money. Ansleigh’s friends would come to school and give her a check from their parents to buy more bears.”

By the end of February, Ansleigh had raised enough money to purchase 70 Scentsy Buddy bears. She gave 30 bears to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, 30 to the FAP registry to give to children newly diagnosed and 10 to Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House.

Ansleigh included a letter with each donated bear, explaining that he’s a friend who will lend a helping paw. She also made an important clarification: “It’s a ‘smelly’ bear, not a ‘stinky’ bear,” she wrote.

Ansleigh shares with each recipient a little about herself, her puppy, Huck, the importance of family and how being sick doesn’t bring her down. “Please write to me, and let me know how you are doing,” she encourages. “Send a photo, too, if you can.”

A Good Prognosis

Since 2003, Ansleigh’s father has been making the five-hour drive from their home in Ironton, Ohio, to see James Church, MD, Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and holder of the Victor W. Fazio, MD, Chair in Colorectal Surgery. Ansleigh became his patient too, but Dr. Church recommended waiting until she was older for surgery. In the meantime, he performed frequent scopes on Ansleigh to keep a close watch on the number of polyps in her colon.

A credit to Ansleigh’s upbeat attitude, many people in her family’s tight-knit community were surprised to learn that Ansleigh was so sick.

“She’s fearless and very spiritual,” says Mrs. Adkins of her daughter. “She had perfect attendance in school last year even though I could tell there were days when she didn’t feel up to going.”

Finally it was time for surgery. Dr. Church recommended Matthew Kalady, MD, a surgeon in the Department of Colorectal Surgery and holder of the Krause-Lieberman Chair in Colorectal Surgery for her treatment. In June, Dr. Kalady performed a laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy with an ileorectal anastomosis on Ansleigh to remove her large intestine and join her small intestine to her rectum, leaving only a tiny 2.5-inch scar on her abdomen.

“It’s scary,” says Mrs. Adkins about FAP, “but I was confident that Dr. Church and Dr. Kalady knew what they were doing. Her prognosis is good. She may need additional surgery in her 20s, but for now, depending on their growth, any remaining polyps can be treated with medication.”

Living Life to the Fullest

“As rough a road as Ansleigh and her dad have had, we still live life to the fullest,” says Mrs. Adkins, who advises people to “Get checkups if you feel funny, and do follow-up appointments.”

As for Ansleigh, she’s made lasting friendships with kids from all over the country who are patients at Children’s Hospital.

“The kids help each other,” says Mrs. Adkins, “giving and receiving as they need it.”

To make a gift supporting the Digestive Disease Institute or any area of Cleveland Clinic, visit our secure giving site or call Institutional Relations and Development at 216.444.1245 or toll-free at 800.223.2237, ext. 4125.

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