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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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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