Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Iowa
George J. Weiner, M.D.
Director
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Tel: (319) 353-8620
Fax: (319) 353-8988
Information on Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Iowa
The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) University of Iowa has been the leader for cancer-related research, education and clinical care in the state of Iowa since 1980. The overall mission of the HCCC is to decrease the pain and suffering caused by cancer in Iowa, surrounding communities, and around the world through improved cancer prevention and treatment based on the three interdependent missions of research, clinical service and education. The HCCC is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that functions as a matrix cancer center. This allows the HCCC to benefit from the multidisciplinary and interactive research taking place across the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The Cancer Center includes six formal research programs, composed of 175 members from 6 colleges and 26 departments on the University of Iowa campus. Formal programs are organized around scientific discipline, with each being translational in nature. Programs include Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Cell Signaling and Developmental Pharmacology, Free Radical Cancer Biology, Cancer Genetics and Computational Biology, Tumor Imaging and Cancer Epidemiology. In addition the HCCC has developing programs in Cancer Prevention, and Cancer and Aging, and a number of highly interactive disease-focused groups such as in prostate cancer and lymphoma. The HCCC supports 11 shared resources.
Multidisciplinary clinical cancer care is provided through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with the focus of clinical activities being The John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center. This facility includes over 63,500 square feet of space and supports 45,000 patient visits per year for 10,400 different patients. The newest addition to the HCCC is the Center for Image-Guided Radiation Therapy which opened in 2005. This facility specializes in the delivery of state-of-the-art image- and optic-guided stereotactic radiation.

On any given day at UI Hospitals and Clinics more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers collaborate to provide safe, quality health care to our patients while also exceeding their expectations with excellent service.

We are a 711-bed hospital, including the 190-bed UI Children’s Hospital.

In total, we admitted more than 32,000 patients during our 2012 fiscal year for in-patient, hospital care and had more than 59,000 emergency department visits. We also represent more than 200 outpatient clinics and care areas, receiving 977,337 clinic-patient visits in FY2012.

Also that year, we employed 1,548 physicians, residents, and fellows, and 8,221 non-physician employees, including 1,845 professional nurses. We’re assisted each year by a dedicated corps of more than 1,300 volunteers.

In addition to providing first-rate primary care, we offer the services of board-certified physicians in more than 200 specialties. We take seriously our role as a full-service health care center, receiving referrals for specialty care from physicians around the country.

Our inpatient services are located in our main complex of buildings on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Many of our outpatient services are also located at our campus location. In addition, we offer a variety of health care services in centers throughout eastern Iowa.

Our physician staff members also serve as teachers and researchers in the University of Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Their academic work complements their work as caregivers, giving them the advantage of using the latest technology and research understanding in your care.

Here’s a brief sample of the numbers of procedures we typically perform each year:

  • We are a major transplant center, in FY 2012 performing 542 organ and tissue transplants.
  • Our AirCare helicopter and partner air services brought 1,006 patients to us last year. Another 217 were brought by ground ambulances.
  • Last year we performed more than 307,000 radiographic examinations–procedures like x-rays, PET scans, CT scans, and MRIs.

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*Source: National Cancer Institute; Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Iowa

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