June 21, 2023/News Updates

Cleveland Clinic Children’s 2023-2024 U.S. News Rankings: Innovations, Patient Stories and Highlights

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For the 15th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is ranked among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s – an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked among the nation’s top five hospitals in 2022 by U.S. News – earned national recognition in all ten specialties.

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, it’s more than 400 pediatricians, practitioners and specialists – and more than 50 outpatient sites – provide the full spectrum of primary, specialty, and sub-specialty care to the largest patient population of any children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio.

Inspiring Patient Stories

Infant Has Rare Ventricular Surgery to Repair Congenital Heart Defect
DeAngelo Blake Jr., who his family calls DJ, was born premature with life-threatening congenital heart defects. He became the youngest patient at Cleveland Clinic to undergo a cardiac surgical procedure developed by Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric and congenital heart surgeon Hani Najm, MD, called the ventricular switch. The operation is a novel method for treating a double-outlet right ventricle – a rare, complex and life-threatening congenital heart defect that prevents normal blood flow from the heart’s two lower chambers to the lungs and other parts of the body. Dr. Najm rerouted the arteries so the right ventricle pumps to the body, and the left ventricle pumps to the lungs.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic (left and center) and Danielle Edmonds (right)

Young Woman’s Epileptic Seizures Gone After Discovery From 7-Tesla MRI
Trying to solve Gabi Sable’s medical issue was akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Doctors knew there was a microscopically small lesion in her left frontal lobe that caused frequent and debilitating epileptic seizures. However, they needed to pinpoint its exact location in her brain in order to safely operate. From her epilepsy diagnosis at age 11, and for the ensuing eight years, Gabi endured numerous diagnostic procedures and took a myriad of anti-seizure medications. Years later, Gabi was approved to participate in a clinical study that evaluated the efficacy of an in vivo structural 7-tesla (7T) MRI designed for epilepsy presurgical evaluation. High-def imaging from the advanced technology found the small lesion in her brain. Surgeons removed it with a robotic laser. Gabi has been seizure-free ever since.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic (left and center) and Danielle Edmonds (right)

After Ten Years, Parents Remain Connected to Their NICU Family
Born 1 pound, 14 ounces Quentin (Q) Johnson was born by emergency C-section at just over 26 weeks gestation. The early delivery was necessary because his mother, Tera’s, life was in danger, due to a rare pregnancy complication called HELLP syndrome. With his health declining, Tera held him for the first time 12 days after giving birth. He was never intubated again. The 98 days Q stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) continues to resonate with the family 10 years later.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic (left and center) and Danielle Edmonds (right)

Research & Highlights

Novel Gene Therapy Shows Positive Initial Results in Sickle Cell Patients Treated in Clinical Trial at Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Researchers involved in the multicenter RUBY Trial presented an update on the safety and effectiveness of a single dose of EDIT-301, an experimental one-time gene editing cell therapy that modifies a patient’s own blood-forming stem cells to correct the mutation responsible for sickle cell disease. This is the first time a novel type of CRISPR gene-editing technology – known as CRISPR/CA12 – is being used to edit human cells in a clinical trial.

Research Identifies Potential Genetic Cause for MIS-C Complication Following COVID-19 Infection
New research findings have revealed an underlying genetic cause for why some children who have had COVID-19 infection develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a rare but potentially life-threatening disease.

Bedside Webcams Provide Solace to Parents of NICU Babies
Cleveland Clinic Children’s installed webcams in their NICU to enable parents to view their infant 24/7. The use of these webcams has steadily risen. Now, one of the first studies of NICU webcam usage has revealed the technology is most widely used by parents who are unable to be physically present in the NICU.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Healthcare Program Includes Mental Health Provider
Cleveland Clinic Children’s School–Based Health Center offers a mobile, full-service pediatric office staffed with our healthcare professionals. A mobile unit regularly visits school districts the hospital has partnered with throughout the school year to provide any needed care. In one school-based program, a mental health provider teaches children about mindfulness, signs of anxiety and mood swings to help students manage their emotions.

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