University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced July 17 that UI Hospitals and Clinics is included once again on a widely recognized list of leading U.S. hospitals.
"The Best Hospitals in America" listing is compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report.
At UI Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center, nine specialties are ranked overall.
- Cancer (23rd nationally)
- Gynecology (41st)
- Nephrology (32nd)
- Neurology/neurosurgery (24th)
- Ophthalmology and visual sciences (6th)
- Orthopedics and rehabilitation (15th)
- Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) (10th)
- Pulmonology (42nd)
- Urology (32nd)
Jean Robillard, MD, vice president for medical affairs with University of Iowa Health Care, said, "These rankings are indicators of excellence, and all Iowans can be proud of what they represent."
In June, UI Children’s Hospital was ranked in 10 specialties by the same publication.
"Earning such high ratings in so many specialties demonstrates that we have a great deal of strength across the entire spectrum of health care services, and that the reputation of our physicians is quite strong among their peers," said Donna Hammond, PhD, acting dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille Carver College of Medicine.
For the first time, the publication also ranked hospitals within each of the 50 states in the nation, and rated UI Hospitals and Clinics number one in Iowa.
"Our faculty and staff are focused on providing excellent care and outstanding service," said Kenneth Kates, MBA, associate vice president of UI Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Their hard work and devotion to our patients and families is the key to achieving this kind of recognition, so all the credit goes to our people who do such a tremendous job every day."
UI Hospitals and Clinics is also ranked as "high-performing" in the following specialties:
Health professionals caution that patients should not make decisions about their health care based solely upon such rankings. They should instead consider an array of factors and consult their physicians.