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NICU Best in Ohio, According to U.S. News & World Report Rankings for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

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Date:       June 20, 2016

Contacts: Katelyn McCarthy

UH Rainbow ranks in all 10 pediatric specialties with five in top 20

CLEVELAND, Ohio – 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. 4 in neonatology, and among the nation’s 20 best children’s hospitals in pulmonology, cancer, orthopaedics and urology.

“We are honored U.S. News & World Report has recognized the outstanding work of our physicians, nurses and staff," says Michele Walsh, MD, Chief, Division of Neonatology and Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow. “We have exceptional people who are passionate about caring for children and their families and producing the very best outcomes for the young patients who come to us every day for their care.”

In total, UH Rainbow ranks among the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in all 10 medical and surgical specialties including neonatology (#4), pulmonology (#8), cancer (#17), orthopaedics (#18), urology (#19), nephrology (#21), diabetes & endocrinology (#22), neurology & neurosurgery (#27), GI (#31), and heart & heart surgery (#50).

US News & World Report 2016-17 Rainbow Rankings

  • Ohio’s #1 NICU
  • Ranked in all 10 children’s specialties
  • 5 specialties ranked among the most elite in the country -- top 20 in the nation.
  • Rainbow has ranked among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals every year since 1991 and the inception of the rankings.

UH Rainbow has long been regarded as an international leader in the treatment of critically ill and extremely low birth-weight babies since pioneering neonatology in the 60s, culminating in opening one of the nation’s first family-centered NICUs with space for parents to stay with their baby, UH Rainbow’s Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Ranking among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals every year since 1991 UH Rainbow continues its legacy of innovation in pediatric care with the opening of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute in conjunction with UH Seidman Cancer Center, providing the latest medical advancements in treatment for cancer and blood disorders in young patients while understanding the special needs of teens. UH has also launched a multi-year strategy with social enterprise Health Leads to improve patient health by addressing social needs. The initial phase of the collaboration includes in-clinic social needs services in the pediatric and women’s health clinics at UH Rainbow and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report surveyed 183 facilities for the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings giving equal weight to structure, process, and outcomes. The rankings help parents determine where to get the best medical care for their children and highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology.

“The Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1.

For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Located on the campus of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a 244-bed, full-service children’s hospital and academic medical center dedicated to the healthcare needs of children. A trusted leader in children’s healthcare for more than 125 years, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital consistently ranks among the top children’s hospitals in the nation. As the region’s premier resource for pediatric referrals, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s dedicated team of more than 1,300 pediatric specialists uses the most advanced treatments and latest innovations to deliver the complete range of pediatric specialty services for more than 740,000 patient encounters each year. Learn more at