Cleveland Clinic Children’s Ranked Among The Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals By U.S. News & World Report

Cardiology, gastroenterology and neurology programs scored best in Northeast Ohio; Nine pediatric specialties ranked among nation’s Top 50

Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been ranked as a national leader in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report in its 2016-2017 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

According to the results, Cleveland Clinic Children’s heart program is ranked among the top 25 nationwide (23rd) and best in Northeast Ohio. The pediatric hospital also scored in the top 25 nationwide and is considered best in Northeast Ohio for gastroenterology (19th) and neurology & neurosurgery (19th).

CC Childrens“It is an honor to be named as a national leader in pediatric care by U.S. News. This achievement validates our clinical excellence and passion for providing the best possible care for children in Ohio and throughout the nation,” said Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

As an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which consistently ranks among the nation’s Top 5 hospitals by U.S. News, Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national recognition in nine specialties including: Gastroenterology (19), Neurology & Neurosurgery (19), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (23), Pulmonology (23), Urology (26), Orthopedics (27), Nephrology (37), Cancer (39), and Diabetes & Endocrinology (46).

As a leader in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, Cleveland Clinic Children’s performed 147 cardiothoracic surgeries and eight life-saving heart transplants in 2015. The pediatric heart center also reported 8,331 outpatient visits, 7,114 echocardiograms and 438 catheterization procedures. Additionally, Cleveland Clinic Children’s interdisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Program—which is comprised of a team of specialists who diagnose and improve treatment alternatives—has achieved 100 percent success among the more than 160 patients with infantile hemangiomas (benign, abnormal collections of blood vessels) treated to date.

“Achieving this type of local and national recognition is extremely gratifying and we are proud to be among the elite in heart care,” said Hani Najm, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Department of Pediatric and Congenital Surgery. “As Northeast Ohio’s leading heart center, we are dedicated to providing compassion, innovation and best clinical outcomes to our patients.”

According to U.S. News, the “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings score the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties, the level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, such as staffing, technology and special services; delivery of healthcare, such as reputation among pediatric specialists, programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices; and clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications.

The rankings are currently published online – – and featured in the Best Hospitals guide published by U.S News & World Report available in August.


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About Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Cleveland Clinic Children’s supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at more than 40 sites across  Northeast Ohio. A staff of more than 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see 750,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for 13,000 children per year. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. Cleveland Clinic Children’s consistently ranks among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S.News & World Report. Visit us online at and on Facebook at


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. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at Follow us at