All inpatients are cared for at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, a 244-bed children’s hospital located in University Circle, 5 miles east of downtown Cleveland. UH Rainbow’s eight-story patient care tower opened in 1997, and provides care to over 10,000 newborns, children and adolescents each year. The hospital is fortunate to have outstanding academically oriented critical care divisions and other outstanding sub-specialists who enjoy a collegial working partnership.
- The Congenital Heart Collaborative with UH Rainbow and Nationwide Children’s is flourishing, including a newly renovated pediatric cardiac step down and catheterization lab.
- The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) re-modeling was completed in 2018 and admits approximately 1,700 critically ill or injured children each year. Despite this high volume, the UH Rainbow PICU has some of the best outcomes of any academic PICU in the country. The UH Rainbow PICU has the lowest adjusted mortality and fourth-shortest adjusted length of stay among the 47 PICUs in the VPS network who have ECMO capability and Level 1 Trauma Center designation.
- The state-of-the-art single-room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital opened its doors in 2009. The NICU has approximately 1,200 admissions each year, including nearly 200 very-low-birth weight infants and a broad variety of neonates transported to UH Rainbow from community hospitals and other tertiary units. The Division of Neonatology at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized as a leading educator of pediatricians and neonatologists. Program graduates hold senior positions in neonatology at leading medical institutions worldwide. The division has a rich tradition of writing and editing leading textbooks in the field including: “Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine” (Fanaroff, Martin, and Walsh); “Care of the High-Risk Neonate” (Klaus and Fanaroff), Procedures in Infants and Children (Walsh and Krug); and “Neonatology at a Glance” (Fanaroff and Lissauer). The Neonatology Division is a founding member of the National Institutes of Health Neonatal Research Network which has performed landmark clinical trials providing the foundation for the practice of evidence-based medicine.
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Fellows in our program provide care to outpatients in two locations, the main UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s campus and a suburban location approximately 20 minutes east of the main campus. These experiences allow our fellows to care for outpatients from diverse backgrounds. The cystic fibrosis, aerodigestive, primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), pulmonary hypertension, and technology dependent clinics are at the main campus location. All outpatient locations have on site radiology, laboratory services, pulmonary function equipment and staff, computers and access to UH Cleveland Medical Center Electronic Health Record and Radiology Viewing systems. Faculty members see outpatients at several additional suburban locations around Cleveland.
Pulmonary Diagnostic Center
The Pulmonary Diagnostic Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s is equipped with multiple spirometers, three plethysmography body boxes, equipment for performing induced sputum, impulse oscillometry, infant pulmonary function testing, nasal brushings and scrapes, and for measurement of exhaled nitric oxide, nasal nitric oxide, and exhaled breath condensate. The diagnostic center is staffed by Respiratory Therapists who are certified to perform pulmonary function testing and other procedures.
Pediatric Pulmonology Bronchoscopy Suite
Pediatric flexible fiber optic bronchoscopies are performed in the pediatric endoscopy suite, the pediatric operating rooms at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, or at the patient’s bedside in the intensive care units. Sedation and anesthesia are managed by pediatric anesthesiologists or critical care specialists. Bronchoscopes that are suitable for all children ranging from premature infants to adolescents are available. A bronchoscope and portable cleaning system is also available for tracheostomy evaluations in the technology-dependent clinic. A simulation lab is available to fellows to practice bronchoscopic skills and develop advanced understanding of bronchoscopic anatomy.
Clinical Research Facilities
The division of pediatric pulmonology has dedicated clinical research space adjacent to the pulmonary diagnostic center. Several clinic rooms and a specimen processing lab are available exclusively for clinical research in the division. UH Cleveland Medical Center/UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital also houses the Dahms Clinical Research Unit, staffed by research nurses and supported by a clinical research core laboratory. Additional research resources are available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
Basic Science Research Facilities
The basic science faculty in the division of pediatric pulmonology have extensive basic science laboratory space and equipment housed in the 8th floor of the Biomedical Research Building at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, located next door to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Equipment and resources include an animal facility, equipment and expertise in measurements of inflammatory mediators, genomics/proteomics expertise and equipment, imaging and histology equipment and expertise, and cell culture facilities. Additional research resources are available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
The Samuel J. Horwitz, MD, Pediatric Learning Center (PLC) is a clinically oriented library focused on pediatrics and geared to support resident and fellow education as well as assist in continued learning for all UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital faculty and staff.
The facility houses a printed reference collection, a number of computer-equipped work stations, and provides access to printing, scanning and photocopy equipment.
The Center is staffed by a full-time librarian and is open 24/7 with a door key code. Along with printed books and journals, the library subscribes to a number of electronic resources, available from the PLC website, and provides a number of specialized research guides and tools. Library services include reference and mediated literature searching, database training, and interlibrary loan assistance.