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Release: July 7, 2000

U.S. News ranks UI Hospitals and Clinics specialties among nation's best

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranks overall as one of "America's Best Hospitals" and 11 of the hospital's specialties rank among the nation's top 50 in the annual survey published by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Four of the honored specialties -- otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), ophthalmology (eyes), and orthopaedics (bones and joints), and neurology/neurosurgery -- rank among the nation's Top 12, according to the magazine.

"This continued recognition underscores how fortunate Iowans are to have such a comprehensive array of medical specialties available to them as a statewide medical resource," said R. Edward Howell, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "These rankings provide well-deserved recognition to all the physicians, nurses, support staff, and volunteers affiliated with University of Iowa Health Care."

Howell noted that the UI Hospitals and Clinics is one of only 18 medical centers with three or more specialties listed among the Top Ten. He added that several of the UI's ranked specialties -- including cancer, geriatrics, and orthopaedics -- reflect the demographics and health needs of the state's residents, a confirmation that UI Hospitals and Clinics is serving its mission well.

"Our rankings place us in some very elite company," Howell said. "What’s especially impressive is the quality, breadth, and consistency of our rankings. All Iowans can be very proud to have such a superb health care resource readily available to them."

In addition to otolaryngology (2), ophthalmology (6), orthopaedics (9), neurology/neurosurgery (12), cancer (38), and geriatrics (46), other highly ranked specialties were respiratory disorders (25), rheumatology (30), digestive diseases (33), kidney disorders (47), and urology (49).

It was the eleventh time in 11 years that UI Hospitals and Clinics has been recognized as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report.

The complex methods used by U.S. News & World Report for computing the rankings include 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 physicians.

The complete rankings are available on the World Wide Web at

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 1999, 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 35 graduate schools for medical education; the college's primary care and rural medicine programs rank in the top 10. The college also received a Silver Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for its efforts to produce graduates who enter the field of family practice.


University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.