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University of Iowa News Release

July 2, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialties Rank Among The Best

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranks overall as one of "America's Best Hospitals" with 12 of the hospital's specialties listed 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) listed at 2nd, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (eyes) listed at 6th and Orthopaedic Surgery (bones and joints) listed at 6th -- rank among the nation's top 10 in their respective categories in the July 12 issue of the magazine.

The complete list of ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics includes:

* Otolaryngology (2)

* Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (6)

* Orthopaedic Surgery (6)

* Urology (16)

* Psychiatry (17)

* Respiratory Disorders (21)

* Digestive Disorders (33)

* Hormone Disorders (36)

* Gynecology (39)

* Cancer (40)

* Geriatrics (42)

* Kidney Disease (45)

Donna Katen-Bahensky, 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.

"This honor is yet another confirmation that Iowans receive world-class health care right here in Iowa City," Katen-Bahensky said. "We are very proud of all of our faculty and staff and the job they do every day."

The 2004 rankings represent the 15th time in the 15 years that U.S. News & World Report has published the "America's Best Hospitals" survey that UI Hospitals and Clinics has received the honor from the magazine.

Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, noted that having so many specialties ranked demonstrates the comprehensive nature and depth of the services provided at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"The University of Iowa is a leader in patient care, as well as research and education," Robillard said. "These rankings are evidence of our strong reputation with our peers throughout the nation."

U.S. News & World Report ranks medical schools separately from hospitals. In its most recent rankings, U.S. News & World Report rated the UI Carver College of Medicine among the best in the nation. As a primary care institution, the college was ranked ninth and its research enterprise was ranked 28th. In addition, it was ranked 13th in rural medicine, 22nd in pediatrics and 26th in internal medicine. In addition, 169 UI Health Care physicians are listed on the "Best Doctors in America" database.

Robillard and Katen-Bahensky caution that no one should make decisions about their health care based solely upon such rankings. That decision should be made after considering an array of factors and in consultation with the patient's personal physician.

"Community hospitals in Iowa also deliver excellent patient care," Katen-Bahensky said. "When they must refer their patients to us, they can be confident that those patients are in the best possible hands."

Robillard added, "It's important that we maintain the excellence as our state's only comprehensive academic medical center so that Iowans can continue to receive outstanding health care close to home."

The complete hospital rankings are available online at

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