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

Nine pediatric specialties ranked among nation’s top 50; heart, gastroenterology, urology programs scored best in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been ranked as a national leader in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017-2018 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

Three of Cleveland Clinic Children’s specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery and Urology – are ranked as the best in Northeast Ohio and among the top 30 nationwide.

“As industry leaders, we work tirelessly to tackle the impossible and achieve remarkable outcomes,” said Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “Being recognized among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News is an outstanding accomplishment and it validates our hospital’s relentless efforts and unwavering commitment to providing world-class care to pediatric patients – today and in the future.”

As an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked the nation’s No. 2 hospital in 2016 by U.S. News, Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national recognition in nine specialties including: Neurology & Neurosurgery (16), Urology (24), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (27), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (28), Pulmonology (35), Neonatology (40), Orthopedics (41), Cancer (44), and Diabetes & Endocrinology (50).

In 2016, Cleveland Clinic Children’s expanded its sub-specialty care with the addition of Hillcrest Hospital Pediatrics – a comprehensive pediatric outpatient suite that offers primary care, as well as 20 specialties and specialty clinics. Other hospital highlights during the past year include the following:

Piedimonte, Giovanni, M.D., chair, Cleveland Clinic Children’s

  • Successfully using 3-D printing to help congenital cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons plan for percutaneous or surgical interventions
  • Achieving a high rate of accuracy in diagnosing autism using an index based on measurements of remote eye gaze tracking in response to visual stimuli
  • Establishing a Pediatric and Adult Colorectal Surgery Clinic to help transition young patients with colorectal disorders to adult care
  • Offering bone marrow transplant as a treatment option for sickle cell disease and thalassemia
  • Increasing access to care through innovative solutions such as walk-in quick Strep tests, Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online, shared medical appoints and a mobile care unit

Cleveland Clinic has cared for infants, children, and adolescents since its doors first opened in 1921. That history of pediatric caregiving has blossomed into Cleveland Clinic Children’s, standing today as one of America’s leading and largest providers of comprehensive pediatric care. Now, its more than 300 pediatricians, practitioners and specialists – and more than 50 outpatient sites – provide the full spectrum of primary, specialty, and subspecialty care to the largest patient population of any children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio.

Next year, Cleveland Clinic Children’s will fulfill a decades-long dream of moving all pediatric ambulatory services to a new facility on its main campus in downtown Cleveland. The 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art structure – equipped with the latest technology and designed to provide the best possible outcomes in terms of safety, quality, patient satisfaction and value – will feature 60 to 70 exam rooms, 20 infusion rooms, 4 procedure rooms, and hundreds of physicians, nurses, therapists and administrative staff working side-by-side to provide the most comprehensive and integrated medical, surgical, developmental and behavioral care.

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

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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 51,000 employees are more than 3,500 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional 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 2016, there were 7.1 million outpatient visits, 161,674 hospital admissions and 207,610 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at