University Hospitals of Cleveland

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University Hospitals / Case Medical Center
UH 2.jpg
Front view of Lerner Tower
Location Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Academic
Affiliated university Case Western Reserve University
Beds 1032[1]
Founded 1866
Lists Hospitals in Ohio
Other links List of hospitals in the United States

University Hospitals of Cleveland is a major not-for-profit medical complex in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is the primary affiliate hospital of Case Western Reserve University - a relationship that was first established in 1896.[2] With 150 locations throughout northeast Ohio, the University Hospitals network encompasses hospitals, outpatient centers, and primary care physicians.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center is home to world-class clinical and research centers, including cancer,[3] pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, spine, radiology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery neuroscience, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation, and human genetics. The UH Case Medical Center comprises the Alfred and Norma Lerner Tower, Samuel Mather Pavilion, Lakeside Hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Seidman Cancer Center, and Hanna Pavilion.


  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, is ranked #2 nationally for Neonatal Care by the U.S. News & World Report.[4]
  • Department of Family Medicine is ranked #9 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.[5]
  • Case Medical Center and Case School of Medicine together form the largest biomedical research center in Ohio.[6]
  • In biomedical research, Case Medical Center ranks among top 15 centers in the United States with approximately $75 million in annual extramural research funding and a further $10 million in various clinical trials.
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland also includes MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and Seidman Cancer Center (formerly known as Ireland Cancer Center), which holds the nation's highest designation by the National Cancer Institute of Comprehensive Cancer Center.

2009 U.S. News & World Report National Rankings'[7]

Child Specialty National Rank
Neonatal Care 2
Respiratory Disorders 10
Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders 13
Orthopedics 13
Neurology & Neurosurgery 18
Kidney Disorders 19
Digestive Disorders 25
Cancer 30
Adult Specialty National Rank
Orthopedics 20
Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders 21
Cancer 36
Digestive Disorders 38
Geriatric Care 40
Respiratory Disorders 42

Vision 2010[edit]

Facilities under construction in 2010

Vision 2010 is the largest construction and upgrade project in the history of University Hospitals. New construction will include a new 200-bed cancer hospital (UH Seidman cancer center), upgraded emergency room facilities at CMC, a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, and new construction at other hospital sites. The capital expenditure for this project, according to hospital press releases, is slated to be approximately US$1 billion.[8] Construction was originally due to be completed by the year 2010, but is not scheduled to be completed until May 2011.[9]

Harrington Project[edit]

The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, launched in 2012, is a $250 million initiative at the University Hospitals whose purpose is to speed the delivery of new drugs and enhance the medical reputations of Cleveland and the Hospitals.[10] It was established through a $50 million gift from the Harrington family and an additional $100 million in support from University Hospitals.[11] The project has three components, the Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI), the Innovation Support Center (ISC), and Biomotiv.

The Harrington Discovery Institute provides financial and non-financial support through programs like The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Grant, Foundation Scholar, and the Harrington Prize to physician-scientists specifically to advance translational research addressing unmet clinical needs. The Innovation Support Center provides resources to physician scientists, including drug development infrastructure and financial support, to accelerate development of innovative therapies. BioMotiv is the mission-aligned commercial development company that provides a novel link between academic projects and late stage commercialization partners.[12]

In June 2014, the Harrington Discovery Institute received a $25 million grant from the State of Ohio through the Third Frontier economic development program to further its mission.[13]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

  • George Washington Crile (1910-1924 Chair of Surgery)[14] - Performed first blood transfusion. Established Lakeside Hospital of University Hospitals Case Medical Center,[14] and later co-founded Cleveland Clinic.
  • Claude Beck (Surgery residency alum; 1924 -1971 Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery - first such position in US)[15] -
    • Performed first surgical treatment of coronary artery disease (1935).[15]
    • Performed first defibrillation using machine he built with James Rand (1947)[16]
    • Developed concept of Beck's Triad.
    • Started the first CPR teaching course for medical professionals (1950).
  • Peter C. Agre (1978 Internal Medicine alumnus) - co-recipient 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries that have clarified how salts and water are transported out of and into the cells of the body, leading to a better understanding of many diseases of the kidneys, heart, muscles and nervous system.[17]
  • Alfredo Palacio (Internal Medicine alumnus) - President of Ecuador (2005–2007).

Notable patients[edit]

Patients treated at Case Medical Center include:

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | About the School". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  3. ^ "University Hospitals | Cleveland, Ohio". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Top American Hospitals - US News Best Hospitals". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | Clinical Activities". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Top American Hospitals - US News Best Hospitals". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ Northeast Ohio. "University Hospitals' Vision 2010 projects". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  10. ^ Suchetka, Diane (February 29, 2012). "University Hospitals announces national program designed to speed the discovery of new drugs". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  11. ^ . MedCity News. 2012-02-28 Retrieved 2013-03-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  14. ^ a b "Surgical Residency Program: General Information: Chairperson’s Welcome Message". Case Surgery. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  15. ^ a b [4][dead link]
  16. ^ Case faculty Claude Beck's first defibrillation article - "Ventricular fibrillation of long duration abolished by electric shock", JAMA, 1947.
  17. ^ "Peter Agre - Autobiography". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  18. ^ Gus Chan/Plain Dealer file. "Reeve hopes UH implant frees him from ventilator |". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  19. ^ "University Hospitals". YouTube. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  20. ^ " Video Player". MSNBC. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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