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University of Colorado Hospital Ranked Among Best in Nation

University of Colorado Hospital Ranked Among Best in Nation

U.S. News again ranks UCH as the best hospital in the state and one of the nation's best in nine specialties.
Published: July 15, 2014

AURORA, Colo. – U.S. News and World Report again ranks University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) as the best in the state and one of the best in the nation. The U.S. News Best Hospitals report ranks nine specialties at UCH among the best in the United States and three other specialties as “high performing.”

The annual U.S. News rankings, now in their 25th year, analyze nearly 5,000 hospitals to recognize those that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

UCH is nationally ranked in these specialties:  

  • Pulmonology (2nd)
  • Cancer (15th)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (34th)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (46th)
  • Gynecology (19th)
  • Orthopedics (45th)
  • Kidney disorders (18th)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (40th)
  • Urology (35th)

U.S. News recognized UCH in three other “high performing” specialties:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Ear Nose & Throat
  • Geriatrics

“While it’s an honor to be named the best in Colorado and one of the best hospitals nationwide in so many specialties, our true reward is caring for our patients,” said UCH CEO John Harney.   “Improving their lives is why doctors, nurses and staff members entered health care, and the thank-you notes they send us are truly the top honors we receive.”

In 2013, five UCH specialties were ranked among the nation’s best, and this year U.S. News added four additional specialties to the prestigious ranking: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Gynecology, and Urology.

UCH is the academic medical center of University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), a nonprofit health care system that includes five hospitals and dozens of clinics throughout Colorado. U.S. News recognized partners Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland as tied at the #7-best hospitals in the state. 

“UCHealth’s entire system of hospitals, clinics and providers is focused on providing the very best care for our patients.  This includes providing the latest treatments, increasing patient safety, and increasing quality,” said Bill Neff, MD, UCHealth interim CEO. “The results of this commitment are excellent survival rates and improved health of our communities.  U.S. News and other recognitions acknowledge these results and inspire us to provide even better care.”

UCH has been ranked by U.S. News for 20 consecutive years and is among only a handful of hospitals in the nation to rank nationally in multiple specialties. Best Hospitals was created to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in providing the highest quality of care, and the rankings are driven mostly by objective data including survival rates and patient safety.

UCH shares the honor of having the country’s 2nd best respiratory care with National Jewish Health.  For the full list of Colorado hospital rankings visit www.usnews.com/hospitals.

About University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center.  UCH is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to the patients’ bedside.  University HealthSystem Consortium named UCH the #1 Academic Medical Center in quality in the nation in both 2011 and 2012, and U.S. News & World Report named University of Colorado Hospital the best hospital in Colorado in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  UCH is one of five Colorado hospitals that make up University of Colorado Health.  The hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, the hospital is where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery.

Contact: Dan Weaver 720-848-7852 or Dan.Weaver@UCHealth.org

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