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UIHC, St. Luke's among Iowa's best hospitals: report

University Hospitals receives seven national rankings

Hospitals in the Corridor rank among some of the best in Iowa, according to a new nationwide analysis.

The U.S. News and World Report released its annual Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings report this week listing hospitals and other medical centers across the country based on their performance in adult and pediatric care, taking into account factors that include “survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and more,” the report states.

The report rates hospitals nationwide and within each state, and ranks the facilities by specialties, procedures and conditions, and patient experience.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was named as the top hospital in Iowa in the 2018-19 rankings.

The Iowa City-based health care system also was nationally ranked in seven of its adult specialties. These are:

l Ear, nose and throat ­— No. 3

l Ophthalmology — No. 7

l Orthopedics — No. 14

l Cancer — No. 18

l Urology — No. 34

l Pulmonology — No. 39

l Gynecology — No. 50.

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital also was ranked in the report.

It was named among the top hospitals in the United States for four children’s specialties:

l Pediatric nephrology — No. 28

l Pediatric cancer — No. 36

l Pediatric orthopedics — No. 48

l Neonatology — No. 49.

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids was ranked third best hospital in the state by the report, which was also rated as “high performing” in three adult specialties and four adult procedures or conditions, including heart bypass surgery, heart failure, knee replacement and hip replacement.

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Mercy Medical Center, also based in Cedar Rapids, was ranked as high performing in hip replacement procedures.

Mercy Iowa City, another Iowa City hospital, was ranked as high performing in heart bypass surgeries and knee replacement procedures. The center also received four out of five stars for patient experience.

The Best Hospitals report did not rank the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Iowa City.

The report named the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as the best hospital in the country, followed by Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

l Comments: (319) 368-8536; michaela.ramm@thegazette.com

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