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Honors and Distinctions

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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. Where you go first does matter™.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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U.S. News & World Report
The national news magazine's "America's Best Hospitals" rankings for 2016 include seven clinical specialties in the Best Hospitals category and four specialties in its High Performing category. Among the specialties honored are:

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America’s #1 Health Care Employer 2016
Forbes Magazine named University of Iowa Health Care as the Number 1 employer in the Health Care industry category and Number 7 employer overall (2016)
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

Most Wired
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, 2013 and 2014)
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 (2016)
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

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 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:
  • 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 Allogeneic Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Autologous Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Combination Liver-Kidney Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Heart Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Liver (deceased donor) Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Lung (single & bilateral) – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Pancreas Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®

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