University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is listed among the nation’s best in five specialties in the new 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. 

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital – Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital – ranked in the following areas:

  • 32 in neonatology
  • 37 in pediatric orthopedics
  • 38 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
  • 42 in pediatric nephrology
  • 49 in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery

“We are proud to continue our long-standing tradition of being ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals,” says Pamela Johnson-Carlson, chief administrative officer of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “It’s a badge of honor for our care team and truly highlights their dedication to providing top-quality care and support to the patients and families that come here.” 

“Our physicians, nurses, researchers, and staff come together to provide not only the best care and treatment for Iowa’s pediatric patients but also for children from across the country and around the world,” says Eva Tsalikian, MD, interim physician-in-chief at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and interim chair and department executive officer of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at UI Carver College of Medicine. “Taking care of the children here is deeply gratifying and getting recognized for it makes us extra proud.”

In announcing the results, Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News notes that, “Even in the midst of a pandemic, children have healthcare needs ranging from routine vaccinations to life-saving surgery and chemotherapy. The Best Children's Hospitals rankings are designed to help parents find quality medical care for a sick child and inform families’ conversations with pediatricians.” 

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

The 14th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. 

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