UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital again named No. 1 hospital in the state

July 27, 2020

UCH again named No. 1 hospital in Colorado.

For the ninth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranks UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, No. 1 on its list of the state’s best hospitals. UCH is also ranked among the nation’s best in nine specialties including No. 2 in pulmonology & lung surgery.

“Every year, I am humbled to hear stories from our patients, family members and visitors about how our staff and doctors go above and beyond to provide exceptional care.  Every one of our employees and providers have an important role in creating the best patient experience possible,” said University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Chris Gessner. “The U.S. News honors are a testament to quality and our dedication to helping our patients live extraordinary lives. These rankings also speak to the expertise of the nationally-renowned experts at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who provide advanced care and conduct innovative research, helping transform the future of medicine.”

UCH is nationally ranked in nine specialties, including the No. 2 ranking in pulmonology & lung surgery (lung and respiratory care), a distinction UCH shares with National Jewish Health. This is the first year that rheumatology, at No. 11, has been nationally ranked. Ranked specialties include:

  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • GI & GI Surgery
  • Kidney disorders

As Colorado’s only adult academic medical center, University of Colorado Hospital provides clinical trials and innovative treatments through a strong partnership with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including more than 15 studies researching COVID-19 and treatments for the virus. Faculty from the CU School of Medicine are renowned experts in their fields and drive the quality recognized by the U.S. News rankings.

“Our faculty continue to hone their research, bringing forth some of the most innovative procedures in the country to patients of University of Colorado Hospital with commitment and devotion. We are able to provide some of the best care in the country and offer access to cutting-edge clinical trials, right here in Colorado,” said John Reilly, Jr., MD, Dean of the CU School of Medicine.

U.S. News ranks four UCHealth hospitals among the state’s best. Medical Center of the Rockies and Memorial Hospital are tied for 6th in Colorado, and Poudre Valley Hospital is ranked No. 8.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2020-21 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions.

In addition to this U.S. News distinction, UCHealth and its hospitals were recently recognized for excellence by other outlets:

For the full list of Colorado hospital rankings, visit www.usnews.com/hospitals.


About the author

Jessica Berry is a spokesperson for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She brings a rich mixture of military, political and journalistic experience to the position.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a degree in Communications, she traveled the country working in television news for stations in Texas, Montana, Alabama and Georgia.

Her travels brought her up close and personal with military issues post 9-11, and she found herself inspired to leave the world of television behind to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. She also worked for a state senator in Denver, a retired Air Force Colonel whose district covered a large portion of Colorado Springs, home to a sizeable military community. 

On July 2, 2008, Berry left the Air Force and was sworn-in as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Ms. Berry has been a spokesperson for Nashville Navy Week, Denver Navy Week, L.A. Navy Week, Cincinnati Navy Week, Fargo Navy Week, Albuquerque Navy Week, Fleet Week New York, the USS New Mexico commissioning, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, she provided media training for more than 300 foreign and U.S. senior officers for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.