The University of Iowa is home to exceptional statewide health services that are at work for thousands of Iowans every day, saving lives and advancing our understanding of human health.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) is a unique health care resource for all Iowans. Partnering with physicians from across the state, the physicians and staff at UIHC provide highly specialized patient care services around the clock—services that may not be available elsewhere in the state. Every year, UIHC physicians and staff serve patients from every county in Iowa, from across the U.S., and around the world.
UIHC is widely recognized as one of the best hospitals in the U.S., annually receiving rankings, certifications, and awards, including:
- Twice designated as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing services and overall patient care;
- Three adult specialties – otolaryngology, ophthalmology, and orthopaedics – ranked among the top ten in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; and seven specialties ranked in the top 50;
- UI Children’s Hospital ranked 20th best children’s hospital in the nation by Parents magazine; and neonatology, orthopaedics, and pulmonology specialties ranked among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report;
- Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa’s only designated “comprehensive” cancer center by the National Cancer Institute;
- Level 1 Trauma Center certified to treat the most severely injured patients, both adult and pediatric;
- Verified Burn Treatment Center—the only one in Iowa and one of only 54 in the U.S.;
- More than 290 UI physicians listed in the Best Doctors in America database;
- More than 70 professional nurses recognized among Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses since 2005;
- Named a “Most Wired” hospital for use of electronic and related technology, and “Most Wireless” hospital because of its extensive use of devices that do not require wires;
- Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for full compliance with all applicable Joint Commission standards; and
- Primary Stroke Center and Ventricular Assist Device Certification by The Joint Commission.
UIHC provides patient care in more than 200 medical specialties. Some of its many areas of excellence include UI Neuroscience, providing a multi-specialty focus on conditions of the brain and nervous system; UI Heart and Vascular Center, with a full range of medical and surgical cardiac specialists; UI Organ Transplant Center, for heart, lung, kidney, liver, and pancreas transplantation; and UI Women’s Health Center, offering the latest in women-focused comprehensive health care.
UI Health Care, a partnership between UIHC, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and UI Physicians, is the collaborative effort that provides high-quality patient care, conducts groundbreaking biomedical research, and educates Iowa’s next generation of health professionals. UI Health Care dramatically benefits the health of all Iowans while supporting the vitality of Iowa’s communities and lifting the state’s economy. Many of UI Health Care’s services are provided directly to Iowans in their home communities, boosting local economies and enabling Iowans to conveniently receive the highest levels of care. In FY 2010 alone, direct services were provided in 254 Iowa communities with 150,966 patient visits. These services included child health specialty clinics, genetics consultation, and cardiology and pulmonary outreach, among many others.
The education of Carver College of Medicine students provides further connections with Iowans – one-fourth of the state’s physicians have a role in educating the College’s medical students, while half of the state’s 5,000 practicing physicians received some or all of their medical education at the University of Iowa.
The UI Hospitals and Clinics Iowa River Landing project, approved by the Board of Regents in FY 2010, will construct an off-site primary care and specialty services facility near Interstate 80 in Coralville. This project reflects tremendous growth in the University’s outpatient activity and will address some of the patient challenges resulting from this growth – increased traffic congestion on roadways leading to UI Hospitals and Clinics, growing parking demand, and congestion in on-campus Hospital facilities. The development of the Iowa River Landing facility at this location responds directly to patients’ needs and wishes, allows expansion of other clinical services best suited to remain on campus, and increases operational efficiencies.
Click here to view Iowa River Landing drawing.
The State Hygienic Laboratory serves all Iowans as the public health and environmental testing laboratory for the state. With the opening of its modern and sophisticated testing facility at the UI Research Park in May 2010, it also serves as a testing laboratory for a growing number of national and global viruses and infectious diseases.
On a statewide level, the Hygienic Laboratory provides newborn health testing for every Iowan born in the state. Through this program alone, the Hygienic Laboratory has touched the lives of nearly two-thirds of Iowa’s residents. It also serves as Iowa’s environmental testing laboratory for the state’s water, air, and soil, and it provides educational services for its environmental and public health partners.
On a state and national level, the Hygienic Laboratory Is highly prepared to provide rapid and effective disaster response services in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.