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UI Children's Hospital ranked in eight specialties

June 24, 2016
From: Hawkeye Caucus , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Iowa's Children's Hospital in eight specialties in the 2016-17 Best Children's Hospital rankings. UI Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Iowa nationally ranked for pediatric care.

UI Children's Hospital ranked in cancer (27); cardiology and heart surgery (30); diabetes and endocrinology (23); neonatology (28); nephrology (26); orthopedics (35); pulmonology (35); and urology (24).

The U.S. News Best Children's Hospital rankings help parents determine where to get the best medical care for their children. The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology.

"We have been named one of the nation's top children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report each year since 2009," says Raphael Hirsch, physician-in-chief of UI Children's Hospital and chair and department executive officer of the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. "As the only children's hospital in Iowa to be nationally ranked for children's health care, this is a distinction for which we are extremely proud."

The new U.S. News rankings arrive as work continues on a new, 14-floor (12 above ground, two below) children's hospital. Construction on the project will be completed by late summer. The new children's hospital will open in December 2016.

"This is an exciting time for children's medicine in Iowa," says Scott Turner, executive director of UI Children's Hospital. "The planning and building of our new facility has truly been a collaborative effort and a remarkable journey over the past several years. Every decision and detail related to our new children's hospital has been considered with children and families in mind."

"The Best Children's Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help," says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care."



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