The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) is a 762-bed public teaching hospital and level 1 trauma center affiliated with the University of Iowa. UIHC is part of University of Iowa Health Care, a partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
It is located in Iowa City, Iowa at Melrose Avenue and Hawkins Drive near Kinnick Stadium. At times during televised Hawkeye football games, the hospital can be seen in the background. The hospital is one of three hospitals in Iowa City, the others being Mercy Hospital - Iowa City and the Iowa City VA Medical Center. UIHC employs over 7100 people. The hospital is overseen by the Iowa Board of Regents. It is Iowa's only comprehensive, tertiary-level center and also its premier medical facility. In addition to taking care of local patients, people throughout the state are often referred to the University's hospitals for treatment of serious or complex illnesses or injuries.
It soon became apparent that a new hospital was needed as the University was outgrowing its original facility. In 1896 the state of Iowa approved the needed appropriations. A 65-bed hospital was built in 1898 where the school's Seashore Hall is now located. This facility was state of the art at the time of its construction, with both electrical lighting and steam heating. The hospital featured a 200-seat amphitheater for instructional purposes.
Following passage of indigent care laws in 1928, patient admissions increased greatly. The current hospital was built in 1928 as a 735-bed hospital. At the time of its construction, the hospital building was one of the largest in the country.
The 2008 health care rankings are accessible July 11 online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and will be on sale on newsstands beginning July 14.
At UI Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, nine specialties are ranked overall. Two of the honored specialties—Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at second and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (eyes) at sixth—rank among the nation's top 10 in their respective categories.
The other ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics include:
* Orthopaedic Surgery (12)
* Cancer (23)
* Neurology and Neurosurgery (25)
* Gynecology (31)
* Kidney Disease (32)
* Urology (40)
* Digestive Disorders (41)
In 2007, UIHC was named among "America's Best Hospitals" for the 18th year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. Eight hospital specialties are among the top 50 in the nation as of 2007:
More than 150 UI physicians have been named “Best Doctors in America” by their peers. (Best Doctors in America 2005)
Wellmark Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery
NCI Comprehensive cancer center (one of less than 60 nationally).
Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence (first in Iowa)
Development site of buffered aspirin, later marketed by Bristol-Meyers as Bufferin.
First hospital in the U.S. to implant a multichannel cochlear implant that helps deaf patients hear sounds that can be interpreted as speech.
First hospital in the world to implant a multichannel cochlear implant in a congenitally deaf child.
First research center to discover the gene for open-angle glaucoma.
First hospital in the world to use robotic surgery for removal of an adrenal carcinoma (an aggressive deadly tumor) and an adrenal mass from a pediatric patient.
World's smallest patient (Nissen fundoplication in a 5.7 pound infant) to undergo gastric reflux surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.
First hospital in the U.S. to perform digital breast tomosynthesis imaging, which allows physicians to "page through" the interior of the breast without the superimposition of the other tissues.