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Release: Embargoed until 5 p.m. on July 17, 2003

UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialties Rank Among Best

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranks overall as one of " America's Best Hospitals" with ten 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 -(3), Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences -eyes - (6) and Orthopaedic Surgery - bones and joints (8) -- rank among the nation's top 10 in the July 21 issue of the magazine.

The other ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics include:
Psychiatry (14)
Urology (21)
Respiratory Disorders (25)
Hormonal Disorders (29)
Cancer (36)
Rheumatology (48)
Gynecology (50)

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 truly deserved," Katen-Bahensky said. "Our faculty and staff provide world class health care, and we are very proud of all of them."

The 2003 rankings represent the 14th time in the 14 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.

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 of the services provided at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"The University of Iowa is one of the few academic medical centers in the U.S. that is highly ranked not just in patient care, but also in research and education," Robillard said. "You could say that we do it all, and we do it all very well."U.S.News & World Report also rates the UI Carver College of Medicine among the top graduate schools for medical education. Those ranked programs include: primary care schools (9), rural medicine (4), physician assistants (2), physical therapy (3), family medicine (11) and internal medicine (17). The UI College of Public Health is also ranked 18th. The UI Carver College of Medicine research program is
ranked 24th. More than 150 UI Health Care physicians are also 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.

"There are many excellent community hospitals in Iowa," Katen-Bahensky said. "When physicians around the state are faced with a complex or difficult case, they know that they can refer their patients to us and that they will receive the best health care
available anywhere."

Robillard added, "Iowans can be proud of this medical center. They can trust that the care they receive here is the best, and they can be confident that there is generally no need to go outside the state for their health care, which means they can stay closer to home."

The complete hospital rankings are available online at www.usnews.com.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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CONTACT(S): Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.