CONTACT: DEAN BORG
1309 John Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: July 9, 1999
U.S. News ranks three UI Hospitals and Clinics medical
specialties in top 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three medical specialties at the
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are considered among the top 10 in
the United States and another seven specialties are in a group of the best
50, according to the 1999 annual survey of the nations best hospitals
released by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
"Were honored to again have the expertise of
our physicians, nurses and support staff nationally recognized," said R. Edward
Howell, director and CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics. "To have 10 of our
medical specialties highly ranked underscores the wide breadth of high quality
health care that Iowans have at their university hospital," he said.
Howell noted that only 13 hospitals -- including the
UI Hospitals and Clinics -- placed three or more medical specialties in the
top 10. "The consistency of these high rankings over several years puts us
in very elite company," Howell said. "The entire state of Iowa should be very
Howell was referring to the ranking of the hospital's
department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, which was again ranked
second by U.S. News & World Report. The department of ophthalmology and
the visual sciences again ranked sixth in the magazines listings and
the department of orthopaedic surgery retained its high ranking in eighth
place. Seven other UI Hospitals and Clinics medical specialties ranked among
the top 50 in their categories among U.S. hospitals. Neurology and neurosurgery
is 12th, geriatrics 21st, rheumatology 27th, gastroenterology 31st, cancer
services 32nd, endocrinology 37th and gynecology 48th.
Howell noted that the UI Hospitals and Clinics medical
specialties cited for special excellence "align very well with the demographics
and health needs of the states residents. It should be reassuring to
Iowans to know that they dont have to travel out of state to get health
care for their special occupational or age-related needs."
The complex methodology used by U.S. News & World
Report for computing the rankings includes a combination of reputation,
mortality rate and other data, including the number of nurses providing patient
care. Reputational data are secured from a nationwide survey of board certified
The UI Hospitals and Clinics was the only Iowa hospital
included in the 1999 rankings of best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
The complete rankings are available on the World Wide Web at www.usnews.com.
U.S. News & World Report provides only one measure
of the services available through UI Health Care, the partnership between
the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Medicine. In April 152
UI Hospitals and Clinics physicians were listed on the "Best Doctors in America"
database -- half the total number of 'Best Doctors' in Iowa.
Additionally, U.S. News and World Report ranks the
College of Medicine among the top 30 graduate schools for medical education;
the college's primary care and rural medicine programs ranks in the top 10.
The college also received a Silver Achievement Award from the American Academy
of Family Physicians for its efforts to produce graduates who enter the field
of family practice.