University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was founded in 1898 as a 65-bed hospital with a 200-seat amphitheater for clinical instruction. After many growth spurts, the 705-bed teaching hospital and Level I trauma center employs 1,593 physicians and will open a new children's hospital in 2016. 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics facts UI Hospitals and Clinics employs 1,896 professional nurses and was the first hospital in the state to receive the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. UI Hospitals and Clinics has six nationally ranked adult specialties and seven nationally ranked pediatric specialties, and it is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Iowa, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 rankings.

After receiving a donation of $2.24 million from two Rockefeller foundations, the University of Iowa built UI Hospitals and Clinics. Since then, the hospital has grown, and now admits more than 31,000 patients annually. Along with a history of excellent patient care, UI Hospitals and Clinics and its physicians have been a part of many important advances in medical science. One of the most notable is the development of a method for treating clubfoot, driven by Ignacio Ponseti, MD.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is pioneering biomedical research that may change the future of infection control practices: Researchers at the University have developed a vaccine combating staphylococcus bacteria, even methicillin-resistant strains, which could be available on the market in just a few years. To learn more about this vaccine and research, read reporter Akanksha Jayanthi's spotlight profile — University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Vaccinating Away MRSA.

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