UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Eight pediatric specialties included in the 2016-17 ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ rankings

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 U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in eight specialties in the new 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Iowa nationally ranked for pediatric care.

UI Stead Family 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 Hospitals” 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. Seventy-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

“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, MD, physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family 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. Moreover, it underscores our expertise in pediatric medicine and our commitment to children and their families. To be included among the nation’s best is a reflection of outstanding care and service our doctors, nurses, and staff members deliver every day.”

The new children’s hospital under construction is slated to open in early 2017.

“Our new facility will provide a healing environment that will match the quality of care and compassionate service being delivered today. The spirit and courage of so many children and families who face debilitating disease or devastating trauma has truly inspired the construction of our new hospital, which will stand as a hallmark of children's health and well-being for decades to come,” said Scott Turner, executive director of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

“The ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care.”
 
The U.S. News “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings rely on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale Aug. 1.

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