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July 16, 2009

UI Hospitals and Clinics ranked again among national elite

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced this morning that for the 20th time in 20 years, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics appears on the list of the leading hospitals in the United States.

"The Best Hospitals in America" listing is compiled annually by U.S.News & World Report.

At UI Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center, seven specialties are ranked overall.

Three of the honored specialties rank among the nation's top 10 in their respective categories:

--Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), 3rd.
--Ophthalmology and visual sciences (eyes), 6th.
--Orthopaedics and rehabilitation, 8th.

The other ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics include:
--Neurology/neurosurgery, 22nd.
--Cancer, 27th. 
--Kidney, 34th.
--Gynecology 36th.

The 2009-10 health care rankings are accessible today online at, and the issue that includes the rankings will be on sale on newsstands beginning July 21.

Jean Robillard, M.D., vice president for medical affairs with University of Iowa Health Care, said the rankings provide yet another indicator of high-quality patient care.

"One of the great advantages that academic medical centers like the University of Iowa offer to patients is the opportunity to receive leading edge care," Robillard said. "This is where we take breakthroughs that happen in the research lab and translate them into treatments that directly benefit patients."

"These rankings are a testament to skill and compassion of all of our faculty and staff, and their deep devotion to serve our patients," said Kenneth Kates, associate vice president of UI Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Robillard and Kates 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.

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