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Published on September 22, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Named Top-Performing Academic Hospital in the U.S.

AURORA, Colo. - The University of Colorado Hospital has just been named the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for the delivery of quality health care.

UHC Quality Leadership Award 2011

The latest distinction for University of Colorado Hospital is the Quality Leadership Award given annually by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), the 114-member alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers. The award is given to the academic hospital with the best outcomes scores in patient safety, clinical effectiveness, clinical efficiency, patient centeredness, mortality and outcomes, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic background. UHC’s study results are solely based on patient experience data.

“No honor could mean more to University of Colorado Hospital,” said CEO Bruce Schroffel. “To be recognized for the quality of care we provide is the ultimate affirmation. It is the highest compliment any hospital can receive. It motivates us not only to maintain the consistently high level of care we provide, but also to improve it.”

The best places for complex care

Academic medical centers are the research and medical school-based hospitals generally seen as the best places for advanced, complex care. University of Colorado Hospital is the leading academic medical center in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

“The practice of medicine is very complex. We rely on the collaborative efforts of every member of our faculty and staff to provide safe, efficient patient care. People from all over the world choose University of Colorado Hospital for their treatment,” Schroffel pointed out.

In addition to being named the top-performing academic hospital in the United States, U.S. News & World Report named University of Colorado Hospital the best hospital in the Denver metro area in July 2011. The hospital’s specialties have been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News for 17 consecutive years.

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