Cleveland, OH,
10:03 AM

The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Join Forces to Enhance Pediatric Care

UH Rainbow to start providing pediatric specialty services at MetroHealth July 1

(Cleveland) – The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are collaborating to enhance pediatric services for patients across the region. This collaboration will build upon both health systems’ shared goal of providing high-quality, accessible health care to all children.

Starting July 1, UH Rainbow will provide pediatric specialty care services for MetroHealth patients in the following disciplines: pediatric radiology, nephrology, cardiology, physical medicine & rehabilitation, urology, general surgery and gastroenterology. These services will be offered by UH Rainbow physicians at the MetroHealth main campus and will complement MetroHealth’s current pediatric services.

In addition, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore an expanded relationship that would bring together the pediatric expertise of both health systems to enhance the pediatric care provided to the communities we serve.

“Collaboration in health care ensures that the best resources are available for our patients,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, president and CEO of MetroHealth. “Partnering with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will ensure the children we care for receive all that they need for optimal health outcomes.”

“We look forward to working closely with MetroHealth to ensure continuity of care for our region’s youngest patients,” said Patricia DePompei, RN, MSN, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

“Our providers are dedicated to delivering coordinated care that achieves improved health and offers the best value,” added Marlene Miller, MD, MSc, Pediatrician-in-Chief at UH and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, a trusted leader in pediatric health care for more than 130 years, is a 244-bed, full-service children’s hospital and academic medical center. UH Rainbow consistently ranks among the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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.

For more information, visit