MetroHealth, University Hospitals expand pediatric partnership to bring specialty care to Cleveland’s West Side

CLEVELAND, Ohio – MetroHealth and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are expanding an existing partnership to provide more specialized pediatric care on Cleveland’s West Side.

The agreement brings acute and specialized services, such as those offered in Rainbow’s pediatric inpatient and intensive care units, to MetroHealth’s main campus. It will come into effect later this summer.

The agreement also extends to the specialty care offered by MetroHealth through its network, including outpatient surgical and medical specialist programs. Rainbow physicians already provide care at MetroHealth, but the new agreement allows Rainbow to provide more expertise and build more comprehensive health care plans for patients.

“MetroHealth patients will be able to take advantage of Rainbow’s expertise to provide the highest quality pediatric specialist care in West End locations,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros in a press release. “MetroHealth works tirelessly to meet the needs of our community, and this partnership is another example.”

The collaboration between MetroHealth and Rainbow began when they agreed to a three-year contract in 2019. MetroHealth previously had a similar contract with the Cleveland Clinic and Akron Children’s Hospital, which expired before the Rainbow deal.

This agreement allows MetroHealth to complement its existing pediatric services with Rainbow’s specialized care. It also brings that specialized care to Cleveland’s West Side, so residents don’t have to travel to the UH campus in University Circle.

Rainbow previously offered special services such as pediatric radiology, general surgery, nephrology, cardiology, urology, and gastroenterology at MetroHealth’s main campus as part of the scheme.

The latest agreement represents “an exciting step” in the ongoing partnership between the two health systems, said UH CEO Dr. Cliff Megerian in the press release.

“This expansion reflects the shared focus of our two institutions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve and to educate the next generation of clinicians,” said Megerian.

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