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July 13, 2007

UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialties Once Again Rank Among The Best

For the 18th consecutive year, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranks overall as one of "America's Best Hospitals" with eight of the hospital's specialties listed in an annual survey published by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Two of the honored specialties -- Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at second and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (eyes) at sixth -- rank among the nation's top 10 in their respective categories in the July 23 issue of the publication. The issue will be available on newsstands on July 16.

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

--Otolaryngology (2).

--Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (6).

--Orthopaedic Surgery (16).

--Neurology and Neurosurgery (18).

--Urology (22).

--Kidney Disease (26).

--Gynecology (32).

--Digestive Disorders (40).

The results mark a return to the rankings for Digestive Disorders, as well as Neurosurgery and Neurology.

Donna Katen-Bahensky, senior associate vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said that the survey's results demonstrate what she calls "the Iowa difference."

"Our faculty and staff have a strong track record of offering innovative care, excellent service and exceptional outcomes," Katen-Bahensky said. "As Iowa's only comprehensive academic health center, we continue to lead the way in changing health care and providing healing and hope to patients and their families."

The 2007 rankings represent the 18th time in the 18 years that U.S. News & World Report magazine has published the "America's Best Hospitals" survey that UI Hospitals and Clinics has received the honor from the magazine.

Jean Robillard, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, noted that such rankings help highlight the depth and breadth of services at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"These rankings point out how strong we are across the board," Robillard said. "Our physicians are leaders in providing the most advanced care to patients, leading breakthroughs in research and educating future generations of health professionals."

Robillard and Katen-Bahensky cautioned 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 physician.

The complete hospital rankings are available online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,