St. Luke's, UI Hospitals and Clinics get top 100 ranking

Review acknowledged hospitals' accolades and accreditations

Published: April 4 2014 | 3:48 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:13 pm in

Two Corridor hospitals were named to Becker's Hospital Review, an annual list of the country's 100 best hospitals. UnityPoint- St. Luke's Hospital and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics were the only Iowa hospitals named to the list.

St. Luke's president and CEO Ted Townsend said the annual list covers a nice spectrum looking at a variety of data, designations and rankings. "This list scans the environment and sees who's doing what," he said.

It evaluated other reputable hospital ranking sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources.

"Each of following institutions has a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform," wrote Becker's editorial team.

The review acknowledged St. Luke's and UI Hospitals and Clinics for the following:



  • St. Luke's Hospital, a 532-bed facility, has received accolades, awards and high honors from several organizations, including Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades and Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital's rehabilitation program was also the first in Iowa to receive inpatient rehab stroke accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.



  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was the first hospital in the state to receive the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. The 705-bed teaching hospital 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.



Townsend said the rapidly changing health care landscape has certainly brought challenges, but the hospital has done its best to provide quality care to patients, while working on reducing readmission rates infections and emergency department use.

Other hospitals to receive the designation include the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

"It caught us by surprise," Townsend said. "This ranking looked at a lot of hospitals and I just thought, wow."

"We are always honored when external reviewers recognize our commitment to providing safe, high quality care and excellent service to those we serve. Rankings such as this are really a tribute to our faculty and staff," said Ken Kates, associate vice president of University of Iowa Health Care, and CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in a statement. "We can't rest on our laurels. We need to keep striving each and every day to enhance the high quality care we provide to Iowans and others we serve."

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