Honors and Distinctions

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Several national publications and organizations recognize UI Hospitals and Clinics in a variety of categories. The following rankings, certifications, and awards are just a few of the honors received. Where you go first does matter™.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

U.S. News & World Report
The national news magazine's "Best Hospitals" rankings for 2017 include five clinical specialties in the Best Hospitals category and five specialties in its High Performing category. Among the specialties honored are:
America's Top Hospital Employer for Diversity 2018
In its inaugural rankings of “Best Employers for Diversity,” Forbes Magazine ranked UI Health Care No. 16 overall among 250 employers nationwide and No. 1 in its Healthcare & Social category.
2017 Forbes logo for best large employersAmerica’s Best Employers 2017
Forbes Magazine named University of Iowa Health Care as the Number 5 employer in the Health Care industry category and Number 14 employer overall (2017).
American Nurses Credentialing Center
The national credentialing organization awarded UI Hospitals and Clinics the state's first Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence (2004), and twice granted Magnet re-designation for four years (2008 and 2013).

The Nurse Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2013-2018).

100 Great Iowa Nurses
Every year, a committee of nursing leaders from across Iowa names the top 100 nurses practicing in the state, recognizing them for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. UI Health Care nurses have captured 18 of those awards in each of the past two years. Our total in 2018 is more than 177 nurses who have been honored in the 14-year history of the event.
Most Wired
Health Care's Most Wired named UI Hospitals and Clinics as one of the nation's most wired hospitals for its use of electronic and related technology (each year from 2010 to 2017).
The Joint Commission
The independent, not-for-profit organization's "Gold Seal of Approval™" indicates UI Hospitals and Clinics is in full compliance with all applicable Joint Commission standards; in addition, the hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® as a Primary Stroke Center (2009). And, in early 2018 the hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Palliative Care certification for both the Adult Supportive and Palliative Care program and the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality for an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
National Cancer Institute
This arm of the National Institutes of Health recognizes the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI as the only cancer center in Iowa designated as "comprehensive." This is a five-year designation (2016).
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Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center received the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation, recognizing the center’s efforts to promote health and wellness for UI Health Care employees and their families. The award demonstrates the center’s responsibility to set a good example with a full range of employee wellness benefits such as tobacco-cessation programs, healthy food choices, early cancer detection coverage, and annual personal health assessments (2017).
American College of Surgeons

The nationwide association's Commission on Cancer granted "approval" to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center under a program designed to ensure quality cancer care for patients. This is a three-year accreditation (2013).

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, has given University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics a three-year accreditation (2016).

American College of Radiology
This nationwide association of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians accredited the hospital as a "Breast Imaging Center of Excellence" (2010-Present).
American College of Surgeons
The nationwide association of surgeons certified UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Level I Trauma Center, the highest designation possible for trauma care (2009). This is the only Level 1 designation given for both adult and pediatric patient care in the entire state.
American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association
Based on a rigorous review, these two national organizations jointly identified UI Hospitals and Clinics as a verified burn care center for high-quality care—making us the only verified burn center in Iowa (2006).
American Heart Association
The hospital received the "Guidelines—Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award," recognizing a higher standard of cardiac care that improves the treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary disease and reduces their risk of recurrent heart attacks or death (2009).
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
FACT accreditation puts the University of Iowa BMT program on a select list of institutions that meet the most rigorous standards in every aspect of stem cell therapy, including clinical care, donor management, cell collection, processing, storage, transportation, administration, and cell release. (2017).
National Marrow Donor Program
The national non-profit organization has annually accredited the DeGowin Blood Center since 2000; the Adult and Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Programs since 1987; the Iowa Marrow Donor Program since 1990, and UI Hospitals and Clinics as a collection center since 1990.
Nursing Professionals
The bi-annual national magazine for nurses identified us as the only hospital in Iowa on its "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" list (2009).
Women's Choice Awards
UI Hospitals and Clinics has earned the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Breast Centers. Meeting the high standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carrying the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology (2014).

College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to UI Hospitals and Clinics Emory Warner Clinical Pathology Laboratories (2014).

National Association of Epilepsy Centers designated the Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center (2014).

Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®
This health coverage network designated UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Blue Distinction Center™ in the following areas:
  • Bariatric Surgery – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Cardiac Care – Blue Distinction Center®+
  • Knee and Hip – Blue Distinction Center®+
  • Spine – Blue Distinction Center®+
  • Adult Allogeneic Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Autologous Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Combination Liver-Kidney Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Heart Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Liver (deceased donor) Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Lung (single & bilateral) – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Pancreas Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®
  • Adult Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant – Blue Distinction Center®

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