Top rankings for Memorial's potential lessor



Colorado Springs Memorial Health System
  • University of Colorado Hospital website

University of Colorado Hospital, a part of University of Colorado Health, is tops in the nation in several treatment areas, according to a press release.

University of Colorado Health is an organization recently formed to include Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

Colorado Springs voters will decide Aug. 28 in a mail-ballot election whether to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to UCH. Read more about the "vote yes" effort here.

AURORA, Colo. (July 17, 2012) — U.S. News and World Report ranks five specialties at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) as among the best in the nation including a #1 ranking for the hospital’s respiratory care. The U.S. News Best Hospitals report also ranks UCH as the best hospital in Colorado and the best in the Denver Metro area.

U.S. News, whose rankings are a popular consumer source for gauging quality, scored UCH’s cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, rheumatology and kidney disorders programs among the top 50 in the United States. (See rankings, below) UCH shares the honor of having the country’s best respiratory care with National Jewish Health.

UCH — currently the top performing academic hospital in the nation for quality and safety — is among only a handful of hospitals in the nation to rank nationally in multiple specialties.

“We’re thrilled as well as humbled,” said John Harney, the hospital’s president and CEO. “We’ve been ranked by the magazine for 18 consecutive years, but the recognition our physicians, nurses and staff receive for their great work is still exciting.”

UCH, moreover, is now part of University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), the new health care system that includes Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. U.S. News recognized Poudre Valley Hospital as #5 in the state and Medical Center of the Rockies as #13 in Colorado.

“University of Colorado Health is comprised of some of the best hospitals in the nation,” said UCHealth CEO Bruce Schroffel. “We’ve always said our goal is to marry the very best in academic medicine with the very best in community health care. Our shared vision is bringing this level of excellence to a growing number of Coloradoans along the Front Range.”

Last fall, University HealthSystems Consortium scored University of Colorado Hospital as the #1 performing academic hospital in quality. It was what Schroffel called at the time “our industry’s Academy Award,” putting the hospital solidly in the company of the biggest international names in health care.

U.S. News examined almost 5,000 hospitals across the nation including 30 in the Denver metro area to determine the best among 16 adult specialties. Best Hospitals was created more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, and this is the first year U.S. News has compiled state-wide rankings.

UCH is nationally ranked by U.S. News in five specialties:
· Pulmonology (1st)
· Kidney disorders (42nd)
· Rheumatology (17th)
· Diabetes & endocrinology (48th)
· Cancer (33rd)

U.S. News recognizes UCH in nine other high-performing specialties:
· Cardiology & Heart Surgery
· Ear, Nose & Throat
· Gastroenterology
· Geriatrics
· Gynecology
· Neurology & Neurosurgery
· Orthopedics
· Rehabilitation
· Urology

For the full list of Colorado hospital rankings visit

In addition, UCH has announced another partner is coming into its fold, saying this in a press release:

University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will soon begin negotiating a management agreement with Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyoming. The Ivinson board of directors voted unanimously to move forward with negotiations last Thursday.

This management agreement will allow UCHealth to expand Ivinson's resources and establish it as a regional hub for quality care.

"Ivinson is a great fit with our new system, as its patient centered philosophy, dedication to quality and values are all very much in line with those of the University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System," said Rulon Stacey, president of University of Colorado Health. "We are looking forward to connecting with the Laramie-area community and health care workers at Ivinson."

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