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The MetroHealth System and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Expand Collaboration for Pediatric Care

New agreement focused on expanding acute inpatient pediatric services and a wide array of pediatric specialty care


The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s announced an expansion of their collaboration to bring high-quality pediatric specialty care to more patients across Northeast Ohio.

The two hospitals will work together to enhance the strong foundation of care at MetroHealth with the national expertise of UH Rainbow. Specifically, this agreement focuses on the delivery of acute and specialty services such as those in pediatric inpatient and intensive care units.

Additionally, the expansion extends to the multitude of pediatric specialty care through MetroHealth’s network, including outpatient surgical and medical specialty programs.

This collaboration enables top clinicians to be part of a large and diverse program and deliver care where the patient is best served -- in their community and close to home. For the vast pediatric primary care practice throughout MetroHealth, this move enables seamless access to the next levels of care for their patients within The MetroHealth System.

“This is a wonderful collaboration between two health systems who are committed to doing what is best for our most vulnerable neighbors,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “MetroHealth patients will be able to tap into Rainbow’s expertise to provide the highest quality of pediatric specialty care in west side locations. MetroHealth is relentlessly working on meeting the needs of our community, and this collaboration is another example of that.”

“This expansion reflects our two institutions’ shared focus to improve the health and wellbeing of the community we serve and educate the next generation of clinicians,” said University Hospitals CEO Cliff Megerian, MD. “This is an exciting step in our growing collaboration and the future of healthcare in Northeast Ohio.”

“For the last two years, our collaboration with MetroHealth has positively enhanced access to pediatric specialty care in the community and this expansion will build upon the great foundation of collaborative, patient-centered care,” said Patricia DePompei, RN, MSN, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

The arrangement is an expansion of a collaboration that first started in 2019, when UH Rainbow began offering pediatric specialty services at MetroHealth such as pediatric radiology, general surgery, nephrology, cardiology, urology, and gastroenterology. These services are offered by UH Rainbow physicians at the MetroHealth main campus and complement MetroHealth’s current pediatric services.

Our providers are dedicated to delivering the highest quality, coordinated health care for Northeast Ohio’s children and beyond, from birth through young adulthood, and this unique collaboration will greatly support seamless primary and critical care,” added Marlene Miller, MD, MSc, Pediatrician-in-Chief at UH and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow.

The agreement will go into effect later this summer

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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About University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Internationally renowned, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a full-service children’s hospital and pediatric academic medical center with experts in 16 medical divisions and 11 surgical specialties who offer nationally ranked care not available at other institutions in the region, including a center dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and Northeast Ohio’s only single-site provider of advanced maternal fetal medicine and neonatology services. As an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers access to novel therapies, advanced technologies and clinical discoveries long before they are available nationwide. Rainbow pediatric specialists – all of whom also serve on the faculty at the School of Medicine – are engaged in today’s most advanced clinical research and are widely regarded as the best in the nation – and in some specialties, the best in the world. Learn more at