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Published on October 18, 2013

Four Years and Counting – University of Colorado Hospital Again Named One of the Nation’s Top 10 Academic Hospitals

University HealthSystem Award honors top U.S. academic hospitals

AURORA, Colo. – University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) has just named University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) as the #10 highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care.  This honor makes four consecutive years UCH has been ranked in the top 10, including two years ranked as the nation’s #1 performing academic hospital.

Ranking based on strong outcomes

UCH President and CEO John Harney

John Harney

The quality rankings are given annually by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), the 118-member alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers and 299 of their affiliated hospitals. UHC compares outcome scores in patient safety, clinical effectiveness, clinical efficiency, patient satisfaction, mortality and equity, which is a measure of whether outcomes differ for patients of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

"To be ranked as one of the top 10 academic medical centers in the nation is an incredible honor," said John Harney, President and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. "But to be ranked in the top 10 for four straight years shows the results of our relentless focus on quality, safety and providing the very best care for our patients."

Recognized as a best place for advanced 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, and is home to some of the nation’s best specialists and sub-specialists. Through the research focus of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, UCH offers clinical trial drugs and innovative procedures available at no other hospitals in our region.

"We’re honored to again be named one of the top 10 academic hospitals in the nation, but providing award-winning care for our patients is the number one reason we strive for the top," said Chief Nursing Officer Carolyn Sanders.

UHC ranked University of Colorado Hospital as the nation’s #1 academic hospital in both 2011 and 2012, and #8 in 2010.

University of Colorado Hospital is now part of University of Colorado Health, a Colorado-based healthcare system comprised of five hospitals, dozens of clinics and hundreds of physicians stretching from Colorado Springs to Wyoming.

"University of Colorado Health combines high-quality community hospitals with the research and advanced treatments available at University of Colorado Hospital to share and improve health care throughout the Rocky Mountain region," said Interim UCHealth President and CEO Bill Neff, MD.

In addition to being named among the top 10 academic hospitals in the United States, U.S. News & World Report named University of Colorado Hospital the best in our state in 2012 and 2013. U.S. News has ranked the hospital’s specialties among the best in the country for 19 consecutive years. 

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 is 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 and 2013. 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. 

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