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Release: July 12, 2002

U.S. News Ranks UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialties Among Best

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranks overall as one of "America's Best Hospitals" with nine of the hospital's specialties rating among the nation's top 50 in an annual survey published by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Three of the honored specialties -- Otolaryngology-ear, nose and throat (2), Ophthalmology-eyes (6) and Orthopaedic Surgery-bones and joints (8) -- rank among the nation's top 10 in the July 22 issue of the magazine.

The other ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics include:

• Psychiatry (13)

• Urology (25)

• Cancer (35)

• Rheumatology (41)

• Neurology and Neurosurgery (37)

• Respiratory Disorders (44)

Ann Madden Rice, interim director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the rankings offer yet another confirmation of the organization's commitment to overall excellence.

"We are very pleased," Rice said. "We think it's wonderful that our great clinicians are being recognized and honored for the work that's being done here."

The 2002 rankings represent the 13th time in the 13 years that U.S. News & World Report has published the "America's Best Hospitals" survey that UI Hospitals and Clinics has been honored by the magazine.

Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and vice president for statewide health services, noted that having so many specialties ranked demonstrates the comprehensive nature of the services provided at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"My initial reaction is one of pride -- pride in the faculty and staff whose tremendous efforts led to the richly deserved recognition from our peers that this represents," Kelch said.

Rice and Kelch caution that no one should make decisions about their health care based solely upon such rankings, and pointed to additional indicators of excellence. U.S. News & World Report also rates the UI Carver College of Medicine among the top graduate schools for medical education, especially its family medicine and rural medicine programs. More than 150 UI Health Care physicians are also listed on the "Best Doctors in America" database.

"We have a full complement of services, not only in clinical areas but in teaching and research programs, as well," Rice said. "These rankings show the comprehensive nature of the services here."

"I want Iowans to understand that they should talk first to their private physician because those doctors know their patients very well and best understand when their patients should come to us. There's an excellent health care system in Iowa," Kelch added. "When you need us, we're here, and this recognition should assure all Iowans of how good the services are here, and I hope that they share our pride because they help make this place great."

The complete hospital rankings are available on the World Wide Web at

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