Mag ranks University of Colorado Hospital best in Colorado, among top 20 hospitals in nation

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AURORA | University of Colorado Hospital cracked U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll this year for the first time, placing it among the top 20 in the nation out of about 5,000 considered.

The magazine also tabbed UCH as the top hospital in Colorado, according to a release from UCH spokesman Dan Weaver. UCH also nabbed honors for 10 specialties ranked among the best in the nation.

“We are honored by this recognition not only because we are one of the nation’s top hospitals, but because this shows our dedication to providing the very best and most innovative patient care,” said Elizabeth Concordia, president and CEO of UCHealth. “Patients travel here from across the nation because they recognize that UCHealth can provide advanced treatments and superior outcomes for our patients.”

UCHealth’s other hospitals across Colorado also ranked among the state’s best in the magazine, with Loveland’s Medical Center of the Rockies (third), Fort Collins’ Poudre Valley Hospital (fifth) and Colorado Springs’ Memorial Hospital (sixth) also netting prime positions.

But UCH was the big winner, ranking second nationally in pulmonology, as well as national rankings for kidney disorders, cancer, orthopedics, neurology/neurosurgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gynecology, gastroenterology, cardiology and geriatrics.

“Our excellent physicians, nurses, staff and other providers deserve the credit for this distinction,” said Concordia. “UCHealth’s superior clinical results and patient satisfaction scores are a result of the work of these dedicated individuals.”

Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said that even securing a ranking in just one specialty is a tall order.

“Barely 150 hospitals – about 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated – were nationally ranked in even one specialty,” Harder said. “Even fewer excelled across numerous areas of care, as each of these Honor Roll hospitals did.”