Iowa City, IA: Health Care Overview

Health care in Iowa City includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Iowa City and Iowa City VA Health Care System.

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Iowa City is one of the healthiest cities in the country according to Men’s Health, and residents stay healthy thanks to the city’s award-winning and accredited hospitals.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Public teaching hospital University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the state’s only comprehensive medical center and regional referral center. With about 700 beds and more than 3,000 physicians and nurses, the hospital sees more than 30,000 people annually just for in-patient hospital care.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are consistently ranked on US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in America list, and their specialities in otolaryngology, ophthalmology and orthopaedics are ranked in the top 10 nationally.

But it’s not just the hospital itself that has been recognized for excellence. More than 270 of the physicians at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been named Best Doctors in America by their peers, and the nurses have won a Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence.

Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an acute-care hospital and regional referral center, and it draws patients from throughout southeast Iowa. Near downtown Iowa City, Mercy has more than 200 beds and 225-plus physicians.

About a dozen recognitions have been awarded to Mercy Iowa City in almost 10 different areas. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Blue Distinction Center for heart, knee, hip, and spine care. Mercy is also a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and the oncology program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Iowa City VA Health Care System

The health concerns of the more than 180,000 veterans living in eastern Iowa and western Illinois are addressed thanks to the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Mental health, social work and women’s health are some services offered to vets.

Learn about the different neighborhoods in Iowa City.