June 26, 2018/News Releases

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

Gastroenterology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Cardiology & Heart Surgery scored best in Northeast Ohio. 10 pediatric specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50.

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been ranked as a national leader in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-2019 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

According to the results, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is ranked among the top 25 nationwide and is considered best in Northeast Ohio for gastroenterology (23rd) and neurology and neurosurgery (24th). The pediatric hospital’s heart program also scored in the top 50 nationwide in cardiology & heart surgery (26th) and is considered 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 2018 – 2019 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

As an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked the nation’s No. 2 hospital in 2017 by U.S. News, Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national recognition in 10 specialties: cancer (23), cardiology & heart surgery (26), diabetes & endocrinology (39), gastroenterology (23), neonatology (50), nephrology (49), neurology & neurosurgery (24), orthopedics (50), pulmonology (32) and urology (42).

“Everything we do is aimed at making children healthier,” said Rita Pappas, M.D. interim-chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “We believe that our patients deserve the most innovative care that we can provide. Our pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists are passionately driven to improve outcomes with the latest evidence-based treatments and state-of-the-art technologies.”

In 2017, Cleveland Clinic Children’s achieved a 100 percent success rate in curing sickle cell disease and thalassemia with bone marrow transplants. Other hospital highlights during the past year include the following:

  • Launching a pediatric heart affiliation with Boston Children’s Hospital through Cleveland Clinic’s National Network
  • Offering integrative medicine approaches to treating pain in children without opioids
  • Opening its first in-school medical clinic at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio
  • Becoming the first in Northeast Ohio to provide families live webcam access to their NICU infants
  • Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Neurosurgeon Violette Recinos, M.D.

On September 24, Cleveland Clinic Children’s will fulfill a decades-long dream of moving most of its pediatric ambulatory services to a new facility on its main campus in downtown Cleveland. Cleveland Clinic Children’s new home will be housed in the former Taussig Cancer Center situated along Euclid Avenue between 89th and 90th streets. The expansion will unite both primary and specialty outpatient care in one convenient, coordinated environment better equipped to manage Cleveland Clinic Children’s 750,000-plus patient visits annually. The four-story, 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 65 exam rooms, 20 private infusion rooms, four 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.

Liver donor patient with Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon
Koji Hashimoto, M.D., holds Ahmad, 4, who received a lifesaving liver transplant from a portion of a donor’s liver.

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.

According to U.S. News, the “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings score the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties, based on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

The“Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings are currently published online – http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings – and featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook, available in stores late September.

Editor’s Notes:

Neurosurgeon Violette Recinos, M.D.

Artist’s rendering of Cleveland Clinic Children’s new Outpatient Center to open in the fall.

Liver donor patient with Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon

Koji Hashimoto, M.D., holds Ahmad, 4, who received a lifesaving liver transplant from a portion of a donor’s liver.


Ahmad, 4, received a lifesaving liver transplant from a portion of a donor’s liver.

Jeremiah,1, had open-heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic Children’s to repair a hole in the lower chambers of his heart.

Cleveland Clinic Children's NICU

Crosby, now 2, spent 18 months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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 389 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 http://www.clevelandclinic.org/childrens and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ClevelandClinicChildrens.

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 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 clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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