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University of Iowa hospitals again ranked nationally in seven specialties

Some programs drop, others climb

The Pappajohn Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is shown in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The Pappajohn Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is shown in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics again has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation, according to new U.S. News & World Report data.

The state’s biggest hospital — located on the UI campus in Iowa City — earned top accolades in seven specialties, which is the same as last year and two fewer than in 2014.

Several of its rankings improved from 2015 and several slid, including its gynecology rating that went from No. 29 last year to No. 49 this year and its neurology and neurosurgery ranking that went from No. 33 last year to No. 47 this year.

Specialties that saw improvement include the hospital’s ears, nose, and throat department, which climbed from No. 8 to No. 5; the UI’s urology department, which improved from No. 40 to No. 34, and the cancer unit, which bumped up from No. 39 to No. 34.

The UI earned “high-performing” recognition in four specialties — one fewer than last year, as pulmonology and cardiology dropped out while diabetes and endocrinology moved up.

The UI Children’s Hospital in June was ranked in eight specialties, and both UI President Bruce Harreld and Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter have stressed the importance of doing well in U.S. News rankings.

“These rankings are an indicator of the high quality of our programs,” said Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs with UI Heath Care. “Iowans can be confident when they entrust their health care to our world class health care team.”

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Patricia Winokur, executive dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, said some academic medical centers have several strong programs.

“But the fact that we have so many is a testament to our deep commitment to patient care, research, and education,” she said.

UI Health Care is a $1.9 billion enterprise, and its 732-bed hospital annually admits more than 33,000 patients. In the 2015 budget year, it saw more than 57,000 emergency room visits. More than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work in the facility.

“We are extremely proud of all of our faculty and staff who do such a great job of providing excellent service, outstanding care and exceptional outcomes for our patients,” said Kenneth Kates, associate vice president of UI Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics said. “We are so pleased to see their efforts being recognized on the national level.”

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