UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital again named nation’s best for respiratory care and No. 1 hospital in Colorado

July 29, 2019

For the eighth 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. The hospital is also ranked among the nation’s best in seven specialties including No. 1 in pulmonology & lung surgery and No. 10 in endocrinology.

Portrait of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital again named the No. 1 hospital in Colorado. Photo by UCHealth.

“It’s an honor to witness how nurses, staff and doctors provide exceptional care for our patients and their family members each and every day,” said University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Chris Gessner. “The U.S. News honors reflect our commitment to quality and our dedication to helping our patients live extraordinary lives. These rankings also speak to the unique talents 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.”

In addition to being named the nation’s top hospital for respiratory care, UCH’s specialty of cardiology & heart surgery moved significantly higher to No. 30 on the national list. “UCH offers experts who are among the best in the nation at treating cardiac conditions like adult congenital heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, pulmonary vascular disease, cardiac electrophysiology and valve disease,” said Dr. Jean Kutner, chief medical officer of University of Colorado Hospital.

UCH is nationally ranked in seven specialties, including the No. 1 ranking in pulmonology & lung surgery (lung and respiratory care), a distinction UCH shares with National Jewish Health. Other ranked specialties include:

  • Kidney disorders
  • Cancer
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery

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. 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 serve the patients of University of Colorado Hospital with dedication and compassion, and they are known nationwide for their clinical expertise and innovative research, providing some of the best care in the country,” said John Reilly, Jr., MD, Dean of the CU School of Medicine.

UCH is the academic anchor of UCHealth, a nonprofit health care system that includes twelve hospitals and more than 150 clinic locations throughout Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. U.S. News ranks four UCHealth hospitals among the state’s best. Medical Center of the Rockies and Memorial Hospital are tied for 7th in Colorado, and Poudre Valley Hospital is ranked No. 11.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 30th 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 2019-20 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.