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University of Iowa News Release

July 7, 2006

UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialists Rank Among The Best

For the 17th year in a row, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the state's only comprehensive academic medical center, ranks overall as one of "America's Best Hospitals" with six of the hospital's specialties listed in an annual survey published by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Three of the honored specialties - otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) ophthalmology and visual sciences (eyes) and orthopaedic Surgery (bones and joints) - rank among the nation's top 10 in the July 17 issue of the magazine. The issue will be available on newsstands on July 10.

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

-- Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (2)

-- Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (6)

-- Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (7)

-- Urology (17)

-- Gynecology (30)

-- Kidney Disease (41)

Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the rankings offer yet another confirmation of the institution's commitment to overall excellence.

"Putting patients first has always been our focus. Sometimes this translates into high rankings, but it always translates into the best that health care has to offer. I am very pleased and proud to see our physicians and staff recognized for the world-class care that they provide. This is a much-deserved honor," Katen-Bahensky said.

The 2006 rankings represent the 17th time in the 17 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 UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, noted that such rankings reflect the respect of peers in the health care professions throughout the nation.

"Our colleagues around the U.S. and even across the globe recognize the outstanding skills of our faculty," Robillard said. "They are unsurpassed in their teaching, research and patient care abilities."

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 13th in the nation for medical research among public institutions. In addition, it was ranked fourth in rural medicine and 10th in primary care.

Also, approximately 150 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.

The complete hospital rankings are available online at

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