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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Baby is discharged after uniquely successful fetal heart procedure at University Hospitals

CLEVELAND – A newborn boy, who underwent a successful in utero procedure at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) at 24 weeks of gestation, was born full-term and discharged with his mother at just four days old. The Congenital Heart Collaborative, in conjunction with UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, is the only program in Ohio to offer the in utero procedure known as Fetal Aortic Valvuloplasty.
“When I first met the family, their goal was to have a few hours to hold him before he passed away,” says James Strainic, MD, Director, Fetal Heart Program at UH Rainbow. “Having the opportunity to watch the parents bring in his car seat to go home without having to undergo any procedures, was a very humbling and emotional experience. We could not have asked for a better outcome.”
Fetal Aortic Valvuloplasty is a unique procedure that uses ultrasound guidance and a catheter-based approach to gain access to the fetal heart, subsequently opening the aortic valve using a tiny inflated balloon. This increases blood flow through the left ventricle of the heart to help its development and prevent the progression of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

University Hospitals selects 2bPrecise to deliver genomic insights at point of care

CHICAGO, PITTSBURGH and CLEVELAND – June 14, 2018 University Hospitals, one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems, has selected the 2bPrecise platform to bring genomic data into the clinical workflow, impacting patient care in both acute and ambulatory settings. The 2bPrecise platform is an offering from 2bPrecise LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allscripts.
University Hospitals (UH) serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The health system is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation.
Establishing itself as an innovator and leader in the emerging field of precision medicine, UH chose 2bPrecise in part because the platform is cloud-based and EHR-agnostic. Clinicians will be able to access genomic insights without leaving their preferred workflows, and leverage the information to make optimal testing, diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PNC Contributes $7.8 Million to University Hospitals to give families a healthy start

CLEVELAND – PNC has provided $7.8 million to help build the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children and provide services to help women enjoy healthy pregnancies and give children a healthy start.
The UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children, located in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood, will welcome its first patients July 9. PNC's support comes in the form of $7.1 million in New Markets Tax Credit equity and a $708,000 gift from the PNC Foundation. The tax credits, allocated by PNC, Cleveland Development Advisors (an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership) and Northeast Ohio Development Fund, provided vital equity capital to help spur revitalization in this low-income community.
The PNC Foundation gift will fund the expansion of compassionate care for mother and child from prenatal to age 5 through UH’s CenteringPregnancy program, a team-based approach to pregnancy. It will also support The Centers for Families and Children’s early childhood home visit program, which helps ensure mothers and children begin their life together with the information and support they need.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Walmart selects University Hospitals as a national Center of Excellence for joint-replacement surgery, orthopedic care

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) announced today that Walmart has selected UH Cleveland Medical Center as a national Center of Excellence to provide joint-replacement surgery and orthopedic care for Walmart employees and their families.

As a Center of Excellence, UH Cleveland Medical Center serves as a surgical care site for Walmart’s eligible health plan members. Walmart chooses Centers of Excellence through a highly selective process. Selected hospitals must demonstrate the ability to provide excellent care, a dedication to addressing the root-cause of a patient’s condition, and an outstanding patient experience at a great value to both the patient and the patient’s employer-sponsored health benefit plan.
“Our associates are very important to us and the Centers of Excellence program is one way we help ensure they and their families receive the highest-level of quality care available,” said Lisa Woods, senior director of U.S. benefits at Walmart. “University Hospitals’ dedication to patient-centered, evidence-based medicine makes them a great addition to our Centers of Excellence program.”

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