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The Region's Academic Medical Center

The University of Colorado Hospital shares the Anschutz Medical Campus with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, as well as its schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

What’s an “academic” hospital?  What’s a “community” hospital?

University of Colorado Hospital is an “academic hospital,” which makes us different from all other adult hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region.

That’s important because academic or university hospitals around the country are often at the forefront of advanced new treatments and therapies.

Unlike “community hospitals,” academic hospitals partner with medical schools and major research institutions. All of our physicians, for example, are faculty members at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, one of the leading research institutions in the world.

These are not just great physicians. They are scientists leading sophisticated research projects and teachers who, to instruct the next generation of caregivers, have to stay ahead of the latest in research and best ways to treat diseases.

Transplant physicians at UCH

The other advantage to patients

There are always more kinds of specialists and sub-specialists at an academic hospital like ours than at a community hospital. You get the great benefit of more kinds of experts getting to know you, your health and your needs. Community physicians often send their most troubled patients to us to take advantage of the great breadth of specialties and research available at an academic hospital.

For the very same reasons, patients find they get top-quality family care, women’s health, internal medicine, wellness and many other kinds of less-dramatic health services here.