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Honors and Distinctions

Honors collage

Several national publications and organizations recognize us in a variety of categories. The following rankings, certifications, and awards are just a few of the honors received.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

  • U.S. News & World Report: The national news magazine's "America's Best Hospitals" rankings for 2013 include six clinical specialties in the Best Hospitals category and eight specialties in its High Performing category. Among the specialties honored are:  
  • Best Doctors®: Based on peer-to-peer surveys, this independent medical resource includes nearly 300 of our UI physicians its national database (2014)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center: The national credentialing organization awarded UI Hospitals and Clinics the state's first Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence (2004), and twice granted Magnet re-designation for four years (2008 and 2013)
  • The Nurse Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2013-2018)
  • Internationally recognized Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Program
  • Health Care's Most Wired named UI Hospitals and Clinics as one of the nation's most wired hospitals for its use of electronic and related technology (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013)
  • The Joint Commission: The independent, not-for-profit organization's "Gold Seal of Approval™" indicates UI Hospitals and Clinics is in full compliance with all applicable Joint Commission standards (2007); in addition, the hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Primary Stroke Center (2009)
  • National Cancer Institute: This arm of the National Institutes of Health recognizes the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI as the only cancer center in Iowa designated as "comprehensive." This is a five-year designation (2011)
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, has given the University of Iowa three-year accreditation. (2013)
  • American College of Surgeons: The nationwide association's Commission on Cancer granted "approval" to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI under a program designed to ensure quality cancer care for patients. This is a three-year accreditation (2013)
  • American College of Radiology: This nationwide association of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians accredited the hospital as a "Breast Imaging Center of Excellence" (2010-Present)
  • American College of Surgeons: The nationwide association of surgeons certified UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Level I Trauma Center, the highest designation possible for trauma care (2009). This is the only Level 1 designation given for both adult and pediatric patient care in the entire state
  • American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association: Based on a rigorous review, these two national organizations jointly identified us as a verified burn care center for high-quality care—making us the only verified burn center in Iowa (2006)
  • American Heart Association: The hospital received the "Guidelines—Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award," recognizing a higher standard of cardiac care that improves the treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary disease and reduces their risk of recurrent heart attacks or death (2009)
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy: The non-profit corporation founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation has granted three-year accreditation to the DeGowin Blood Center's tissues and cellular therapies service (2010)
  • National Marrow Donor Program: The national non-profit organization has annually accredited the DeGowin Blood Center since 2000; the Adult and Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Programs since 1987; the Iowa Marrow Donor Program since 1990, and UI Hospitals and Clinics as a collection center since 1990
  • Nursing Professionals: The bi-annual national magazine for nurses identified us as the only hospital in Iowa on its "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" list (2009)
  • Women's Choice Awards: UI Hospitals and Clinics has earned the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Breast Centers. Meeting the high standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carrying the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology (2014)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to UI Hospitals and Clinics Emory Warner Clinical Pathology Laboratories (2014)
  • National Association of Epilepsy Centers designated the Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center (2014)
  • Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®: This health coverage network designated UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Blue Distinction Center™ in the following areas (2014):
    • Bariatric Surgery – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Cardiac Care – Blue Distinction® Center+
    • Complex and Rare Cancers – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Knee and Hip – Blue Distinction® Center+
    • Spine – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Adult Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Adult Liver Deceased Donor – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Adult Single or Bilateral Lung – Blue Distinction® Center
    • Adult Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney – Blue Distinction® Center

University of Iowa Children's Hospital Awards and Honors