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UH Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital ranks No 2 in the Nation for Treatment of Newborns

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This is the 23rd year UH Rainbow has been recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s elite annual rankings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at UH Case Medical Center is once again ranked one of America’s best children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s annual rankings of pediatric hospitals.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital ranks No. 2 in the nation for neonatology. This is the sixth consecutive year Rainbow has ranked among the top five children’s hospitals for the care of newborns in the Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Rainbow is among the nation’s top 10 in Pulmonology (#7), and ranked in the nation’s top 20 in four other pediatric specialties – Diabetes & Endocrinology (#13), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#13), Orthopaedics (#14), and Cancer (#18).

“We are proud to again be recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country," says Michael Konstan, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This year’s rankings are especially significant, as we celebrate Rainbow’s 125th anniversary of delivering the highest quality, family-centered care to newborns and children of Northeast Ohio and beyond.”

In total, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in nine medical and surgical specialties:

"We are honored to be ranked No. 2 in the nation for newborn care," says Michele Walsh, MD, MS, Division Chief of Neonatology at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "This recognizes the dedication and expertise that our talented team brings to the care of the most fragile patients and their families who need us the most."

Rainbow’s NICU has a 96 percent survival rate, one of the best survival rates in the nation, and is widely regarded as an international leader in the treatment of critically ill and extremely low birth-weight babies. This ranking sustains Rainbow’s rich history of preeminent care for newborns – from pioneering neonatology in the 1960s to opening one of the nation’s first family-centered step-down units, which included space for parents to stay with their baby – Rainbow’s nationally recognized neonatologists, leading-edge clinical research, treatments and technologies will continue to advance neonatology for generations to come.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Hospital specialties were ranked using a three-part combination of reputation, outcomes and care-related measures, such as nursing care, advanced technology, infection control and safety measures. A complete list of the children’s hospital rankings can be viewed at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.

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