U.S. News and World Report names three northeast Ohio hospitals among best pediatric hospitals

Clinic, UH, Akron rank high in new study

CLEVELAND - Three northeast Ohio hospitals have been recognized as the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S . News & World Report in its 2012-13 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals."

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and University Hospitals' Rain Babies & Children's Hospital earned national rankings in all 10 specialties, while Akron Children's Hospital made it in eight.

Here is breakdown of each hospital's ranking:

Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital
- Cancer (#14)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#16)
- Diabetes & Endocrinology (#26)
- Gastroenterology (#9)
- Neonatology (#46)
- Nephrology (#33)
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#3)
- Orthopaedics (#21)
- Pulmonology (#16)
- Urology (#21)

UH's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
- Cancer (#12)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#41)
- Diabetes & Endocrinology (#11)
- Gastroenterology (#50)
- Neonatology (#5)
- Nephrology (#16)
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#25)
- Orthopaedics (#10)
- Pulmonology (#5)
- Urology (#26)

Akron Children's Hospital
- Cancer (#31)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#49)
- Neonatology (#30)
- Nephrology (#34)
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#37)
- Orthopaedics (#35)
- Pulmonology (#28)
- Urology (#24)

"These rankings confirm what we have long known to be true — Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital has an unwavering commitment to improving quality and expanding the scope of patient care for our youngest and most vulnerable patients," said Ricardo Rodriguez, M.D., Interim Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. "Our dedication to patient care and safety will continue to grow in the coming years thanks to our involvement in statewide and national initiatives."

"We are proud to once again be recognized as one of the nation's leading children's hospitals," says Michael Konstan, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.  "Rainbow has a rich legacy in pediatrics and has been ranked as a top children's hospital on this elite list for 22 years, since the inception of the U.S.News rankings. This prestigious recognition demonstrates our abiding commitment to caring for the children of Northeast Ohio and beyond."

"The goal of our work in clinical care, education and research is simply to be the best we can be for the benefit of our patients and their families," said Shawn Lyden, executive vice president for Akron Children's. "However, being included among the best children's hospitals in the nation is certainly gratifying."

The full rankings and methodology will be published in a U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will be available in August. Click here to see the full rankings: http://on.wews.com/MyDpXe

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