UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks in US News & World Report 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals
Six UI Stead Family Children's Hospital specialties listed in 2023 - 24 U.S. News & World Report rankings of 'Best Children’s Hospitals'
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is included among the nation’s best medical centers in six pediatric specialties in the 2023-24 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.
UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital—Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital—ranks in these specialties:
in pediatric nephrology
in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery
in pediatric orthopedics
in pediatric urology
The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings also include state and multistate regional rankings. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Iowa and No. 11 in the Midwest region, defined by U.S. News as Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been ranked every year since U.S. News launched the children’s hospital rankings in 2007.
The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, now in their 17th year, are designed to assist families and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive specialized pediatric care.
“As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, families expect us to provide the very best care for their kids. And that’s what we strive for across all our pediatric programs and specialties,” says Melissa Whisler, MBA, MHA, interim chief administrative officer of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We’re proud of our commitment to young patients at all age levels, and U.S. News recognition is a reflection of the strength of our commitment each and every day.”
U.S. News ranks the top 50 centers 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. For the 2023-24 rankings, 88 of the 199 children’s hospitals surveyed were ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty.
RTI International, a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, collects and analyzes the data for the “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.
The “Best Children's Hospitals” methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as health equity and available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2022 and from pediatric physicians and other health care organizations as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices, and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among patients and staff in 2022.