Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Friday, June 29, 2018

University Hospitals opens innovative urban academic medical center

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) will soon open the doors to a new model of care in the heart of Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood. The UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children is designed to provide community-centered care that addresses medical, social, and environmental factors influencing health – and to take a collaborative approach with patients and community stakeholders to address health disparities. This healthcare service unlike any other delivered by an academic medical center will welcome its first patients July 9.
“University Hospitals and members of the community designed the Center to help meet the specific needs of this community,” said Tom Zenty, UH Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we’re not only providing families with convenient access to compassionate medical care, we’re integrating resources to truly help enhance their health.”
Beyond traditional treatment and medical therapies, UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children aspires to improve the overall health and wellness of the Cleveland community. In addition to pediatric primary care and adolescent medicine, as well as pregnancy and gynecologic medical care for women, the Center will have community and educational areas for programs focused on prevention and total health needs in a convenient, one-stop location. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NICU best in region according to U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

CLEVELAND  - University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) once again earned high recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings. UH Rainbow is ranked No. 6 in neonatology, and among the nation’s 25 best children’s hospitals in orthopedics, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and urology.
“It is rewarding to be recognized for the work our talented team of physicians and staff do each day, but even more rewarding to see the impact our care and compassion can make in the lives of our patients and their families,” says Marlene Miller, MD, MSc, Pediatrician-in-Chief, University Hospitals and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow. “It is the reason we do what we do.”

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.

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