CU Hospital earns top rankings in US News and World Report


AURORA | For the second year in a row, the University of Colorado Hospital was ranked as the best hospital in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report.

The report, called “U.S. News Best Hospitals,” says five of the hospital’s departments are also ranked among the best in the country, according to a July 16 release. U.S. News studies nearly 5,000 hospitals across the nation including 30 in the Denver metro area and 50 total in Colorado for its “best hospitals” report.

The University of Colorado Hospital departments that are nationally ranked are: pulmonology, ranked 2nd, cancer, ranked 23rd, orthopedics, ranked 28th, kidney disorders, ranked 32nd and neurology and neurosurgery, ranked 46th.

Hospital executives said the ranking validates the staff’s exceptional work.

“Every day our physicians, nurses and staff come to work with the goal of providing the highest quality and safest care,” said the hospital’s CEO, John Harney, in a statement. “Our mission is to improve the lives of our patients in both big and small ways, and this ranking is a great recognition of that constant work to be the best.”

The report also recognized nine other University of Colorado Hospital specialties as “high-performing”: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, rehabilitations, rheumatology and urology.

Craig Hospital in Englewood was ranked second best hospital in the state, Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver was ranked third and Medical Center of Aurora and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins were tied for fourth place.

University of Colorado Hospital has made it on the list of U.S. News’s rankings for the past 19 years.

The top three hospitals in the nation were Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to the report.


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