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Departmental Strengths

Level I Trauma Center

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has once again been verified as a Level I Trauma Center and as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.  

Verified Burn Treatment Center

Based on a rigorous review, the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association--two national organizations--jointly identified the UI Hospitals and Clinics Burn Treatment Center as a verified burn care center for high-quality care, making us the only verified burn center in Iowa (2006). We are one of only 40 to 45 burn centers in the United States that is officially verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. The center treats more than 800 adult and pediatric burn and trauma patients each year.   

Bariatric Surgery Center

 MBSAQIP Accredited Center
UI Obesity Surgery is an internationally respected program that has received several designations that underscore the program's demonstrated track record of outstanding clinical outcomes and comprehensive commitment to the highest level of bariatric care.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

Blue Distinction Center+

In 2017, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics was awarded the BCBS Blue Distinction Center+ quality designation for Cardiac Care. This distinction recognizes healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality cardiac care and better overall outcomes for patients. The "plus" designation recognizes institutions not only for their expertise but also for their cost efficiency. The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, an integral part of cardiac care at the UIHC, is advancing the field of cardiothoracic surgery through its tripartite mission of quality patient care, research, and teaching of the next generation of cardiothoracic experts.

Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Breast Health Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Top 100 Great Iowa Nurses 2016

Trudy Laffoon, nurse manager for the Surgery Specialty Clinic, was named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2016. Trudy was recognized for her qualities of outstanding leadership, society participation, and her contributions to the mission and vision of her clinical services.

Trudy Laffoon, MA, RN-BC