by Jason Mortvedt
IOWA CITY (KWWL) - University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, ranks among the best children's hospitals in the United States according to a survey conducted by Parents magazine.
Parents surveyed more than 100 children's hospitals to determine where the more than 3 million American children hospitalized each year can get the best care possible. The results of the extensive survey will appear in the February 2009 issue of Parents magazine, on newsstands nationwide Jan. 13, 2009.
According to the survey, UI Children's Hospital is the 20th ranked pediatric hospital in America. In addition, the pediatric emergency care provided in the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics is rated fifth in the nation.
"We are honored that our highly skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses and hospital staff have received this richly-deserved recognition,"" said Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital. "Their devotion to our patients, their use of leading edge technologies and advanced treatments, and our commitment to family-centered care resulted in our team earning this distinction."
"We have a long-standing commitment to providing excellent emergency care to children and their families," said Eric Dickson, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Emergency Medicine. "Receiving national attention for our efforts is welcome confirmation of our success."
A complete list of the best children's hospitals by specialty can be found at http://www.parents.com/baby/care/pediatricians-medicine/best-childrens-hospitals/.
The Parents children's hospital survey provides the most extensive data-driven comparison of children's hospitals to date. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.
Hospitals are ranked on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; waiting times in the emergency department; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of sick children and their families.
"Every parent wants to make the most informed decisions about their child's health, and that's especially important when a child is facing a serious illness," said Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents. "We created this guide with the hope of making the difficult process of choosing the right hospital a little easier."
University of Iowa Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout the region. A 190-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Parents magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 25 children's hospitals in the nation. More information is available online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/childrens.
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