Children’s Hospital Ranks in Six Specialties by US News and World Report

We are pleased to announce that University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is included in the 2019-20 rankings of “Best Children’s Hospitals” released today by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

This distinction is a reflection of the experience, expertise, and longstanding dedication of our faculty and staff who care for our pediatric patients and their families. Congratulations to all for achieving this outstanding national recognition. Following is the news announcement that will be featured on The Loop and included in today’s edition of Noon News:

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks in six specialties in U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is listed among the nation’s best in six specialties, according to the new 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital—Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital—ranked in the following areas:

  • 16 in neonatology
  • 21 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
  • 26 (tie) in pediatric urology
  • 29 in pediatric orthopedics
  • 39 (tie) in pediatric nephrology
  • 46 in pediatric cancer

The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. 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.

“Being once again ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals—and the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Iowa—highlights our dedication to providing the best care to all of Iowa’s children, as well as those in surrounding states and across the country. This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our doctors, nurses, and staff,” says Eva Tsalikian, MD, interim physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and interim chair and department executive officer of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the UI Carver College of Medicine. “We celebrate 10 consecutive years of being recognized for our quality of care and look forward to continuing to provide advanced, compassionate care our patients and their families have come to expect.”

“This honor reflects the outstanding care and service provided by our dedicated team of world-class pediatric specialists and health care professionals,” adds Amy O’Deen, interim executive director of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are proud of our team and grateful to the thousands of families who trust us to expertly care for their children each year.”

“The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were designed to help provide families seeking the best medical care for their sick child with access to the most comprehensive data available,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The rankings, coupled with guidance from pediatricians, help families make better-informed decisions about where to find high-quality, compassionate care for their children when they need it most.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

This year’s rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available in stores mid-September.

For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the full rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Dagle Chosen for Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Congratulations to Dr. John Dagle (Neonatology) for being named the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

This prestigious award is given to those that demonstrate the Foundation’s and the Carver College of Medicine’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence. The official award ceremony will be held May 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB.

Congratulations, Dr. Dagle!

NICU Featured in Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Article

The NICU was featured in an online article for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The article, titled “Dysart ‘miracle’ twins, born 18 weeks premature, making history” is about a recent pair of twins in the NICU born at just 22 weeks and one day gestation, among the most premature surviving twins born at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Jon Klein, NICU Medical Director, provided quotes for the article.

Dr. Bell Named 2019 Distinguished Mentor

Dr. Ed Bell was recently named the 2019 Distinguished Mentor Awardee by the College of Medicine. Dr. Bell, Professor of Pediatrics, has an outstanding record of mentoring trainees, faculty and staff at all levels. By his own example and with his guidance and leadership, he has influenced the lives and careers of many scientists and physicians at Iowa and around the world.

The award will be officially presented at the Distinguished Mentor/Mentor Lecturer Celebration on Thursday,, October 17, 2019, at 3:00 PM in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF).

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor’s Lecture are made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Daryl Granner, 58BA, 62MS, 62MD, and Nancy Granner, 58BA. Dr. Granner is a distinguished alumnus and Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center, in the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute.

Drs. McNamara and Norris elected to the American Pediatric Society

Founded in 1888, the American Pediatric Society (APS) is the oldest and most prestigious academic pediatric organization in North America. The APS is dedicated to the advancement of child health through the promotion of pediatric research, recognition of achievement and cultivation of excellence through advocacy, scholarship, education and leadership development. Members of APS are recognized as academic leaders in pediatrics, and they continue to contribute to the overall progress of child health while inspiring the next generation of child health professionals.

Distinguished leaders shaping the future of academic pediatrics relies upon a strong membership base. Working together, APS members are dedicated to the vision of a secure future for academic pediatrics. Membership to the APS is by nomination only, and nominations come from current APS members.

Congratulations!

Johnson Receives 2018 UI Outstanding Staff Award

Karen Johnson, RN in the NICU, is the recipient of the 2018 UI Outstanding Staff Award. This award is presented yearly to one staff member across the whole University of Iowa community who demonstrates excellence in performance, commitment to service, and who personifies the best qualities of citizenship. This is a tremendous honor, so please congratulate Karen when you see her!

NICU Receives GOLD-level AACN Beacon Award for Excellence

Please congratulate the Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education Team with Emily Spellman leading the charge on winning a GOLD-level AACN Beacon Award for Excellence for our NICU from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recognizing individual hospital units that improve patient outcomes.

The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds North American hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes and we are one of only nine NICU’s with a Gold Designation.

This is a major honor with fewer than 300 out of more than 6,000 intensive care units both adult and pediatric and both medical and surgical in the United States who have received this award.

This is a very significant national recognition of the quality of care provided by the nurses to our patients in the NICU and is highly deserved.

UISFCH Named Certified Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Program

The children’s hospital has been named a certified Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Program – one of only 38 such programs across the nation. The program recognizes medical center providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.

Other newly accredited centers include University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md.; Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich.; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, Texas; and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A complete list of accredited centers is available on CCF’s website.