Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

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

New study of youth hospitalizations finds 24 percent of behavioral-related admissions complicated by suicidality or self-harm

CLEVELAND – A recent study published in American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric Services journal found previous research on youth hospitalizations associated with behavioral and mental disorders failed to adequately consider children exhibiting suicidality or self-harm.  Previous studies assigned behavioral health disorders, such as depression, as the primary diagnosis, while identifying suicidality or self-harm as a secondary diagnosis. By looking closely at the data, the new study found that nearly 24 percent of all behavioral-related admissions are complicated by suicidality or self-harm. 

Behavioral disorders affect nearly 20 percent of children in the nation, and are among the top five most costly conditions. “This is a vulnerable population in need of high quality health care,” said Lawrence C. Kleinman, MD, MPH, FAAP, the study’s principal investigator, and the Frederick C. Robbins Professor of Child and Adolescent Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Child Health and Policy at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  “As self-harm is rarely a principal diagnosis, our approach offers new insights into the extent to which suicidality and self-harm are a part of pediatric hospitalization.”

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital study finds Vitamin D supplement decreases wheezing for African American preterm infants

CLEVELAND – African American infants born prematurely are at higher risk for recurrent wheezing. This condition can cause the baby discomfort and is a risk factor for developing asthma later in life. There are no widely-accepted therapies to prevent prematurity-associated wheezing.

In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), an University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) physician researcher found African American preterm infants experienced a significant decrease in recurrent wheezing with sustained supplementation of vitamin D. Among infants born at 28-36 weeks gestation, a daily dose of vitamin D through six months of age decreased recurrent wheezing by more than 10 percent.

Prior to conducting the study, it was unclear which vitamin D supplementation strategy would be superior. According to the study’s principal investigator, Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, MSCE, FAAP, Eliza Henry Barnes Chair in Neonatology at UH Rainbow, continuing vitamin D supplementation with 400IU/day until 6 months of age corrected for prematurity may decrease their chance of recurrent wheezing. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

University Hospitals, Benesch and Legal Aid create Medical-Legal Partnership

CLEVELAND - A major gift from the Benesch law firm for $550,000 will fund, for five years, the vital work of an attorney from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland who will be based at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women & Children. Through this medical-legal partnership, the attorney will assist patients and families with civil legal guidance that impacts their health.
According to research studies, healthcare only determines 20 percent of overall health. Eighty percent of a population’s health is determined by social, economic, environmental and behavioral factors – the social determinants of health. UH is meeting this challenge through a new combination of medical care, integrated social programs and legal services, pioneered at the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children that will open in July 2018 in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood.
“Some of our patients need assistance to remove legal barriers that impact their health outcomes, such as housing conditions, benefit and coverage assistance, and eviction prevention,” said Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals. “We are thrilled to partner with Benesch and Legal Aid to address these issues collaboratively.”

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