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University of Colorado Hospital Awards and Recognition: For Our Care


UCH is Recognized for Excellence in Care Across Disciplines

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked many of our programs as among “America ’s Top Hospitals.” In fact, it has done so for 19 consecutive years.

Find out about how we're recognized in other areas:

Stroke and Neuroscience

Get With the Guidelines 2012 Gold Plus

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes in addition to achieving IV rt-PA door-to-needle times ≤60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of six) during one calendar quarter.


UCH’s stroke care outcomes are among the tops in the nation as tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


And our hugely successful, multi-disciplinary stroke program is now certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Heart Failure, Heart Attack and Pneumonia Care

Get With the Guidelines 2011The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least two years of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines (SM) program quality indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.


UCH is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Rocky Mountain region.


We are a national leader in clinical trials for head and neck cancer.


UCH patients’ five-year survival rates for prostate, melanoma, breast, gynecological and lung cancers exceeded state averages at all four stages of diagnoses.


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  • We performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963, and have since performed well over 1,000 liver transplants and 1,000 kidney transplants.
  • UCH has had outstanding success with lung transplants, with more than 320 performed since 1992.
  • More than 300 heart transplants since 1996.
  • UCH transplant center received the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Medal of Honor for organ donor practices.

Total UCH Transplants 2005 to 2012


Eye Center at University of Colorado Hospital

UCH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Clinical (Patient Care) Programs in a recent Ophthalmology Times survey.

GI, Urology, and More

UCH ranks among the top ten American academic hospitals in treatment of gastrointestinal and urological issues, along with still other treatment categories, according to the University HealthSystems Consortium.


2010 UHC Ranking of GI, Gen Med, and Rheumatology


Like all “academic hospitals,” UCH tends to get very challenging medical cases. Yet the University HealthSystems Consortium – the group to which the best university hospitals belong – has placed most of our programs among the top ten in mortality rates and other scientific measures of quality.

And Still More . . .

University of Colorado Hospital has much-honored programs in:

  • primary care
  • women's health
  • cardiac and vascular care
  • multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular diseases
  • addiction rehabilitation
  • mental health
  • audiology
  • . . . and more