Hos­pi­tal is 15th best in coun­try, 1st in state

Na­tional Jewish Health top pul­monology in­sti­tu­tion

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By John In­gold John In­gold: 303-954-1068, jin­gold@den­ver­post.com or twit­ter.com/johningold

The Univer­sity of Colorado Hos­pi­tal is the 15th-best hos­pi­tal in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to this year’s edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious U.S. News & World Re­port rank­ings.

The mea­sure is an im­prove­ment from last year, when CU ranked 20th in the coun­try, and it marks the high­est a Colorado hos­pi­tal has ever scored in the over­all rank­ings.

“We are ob­vi­ously very thrilled and ex­cited,” said Will Cook, the CEO of Univer­sity of Colorado Hos­pi­tal.

In the spe­cialty of pul­monology, which deals with the lungs, U.S. News ranked Den­ver’s Na­tional Jewish Health the top hos­pi­tal in the coun­try. Na­tional Jewish has been the first or sec­ond-best hos­pi­tal for pul­monology in the rank­ings every year for more than two decades. The hos­pi­tal is listed in the top spot this year along­side Univer­sity of Colorado Hos­pi­tal, with which it shares an aca­demic af­fil­i­a­tion.

“We are proud to be rec­og­nized as the lead­ing res­pi­ra­tory hos­pi­tal in the na­tion,” Dr. Michael Salem, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Na­tional Jewish Health, said in a state­ment.

U.S. News com­piles the rank­ings by look­ing at ob­jec­tive mea­sure­ments of care — such as whether fewer pa­tients die of cer­tain con­di­tions at the hos­pi­tal than would be ex­pected based on na­tional av­er­ages — and pa­tient safety. The rank­ings also take into ac­count a sur­vey of about 16,000 doc­tors.

Over­all, The Mayo Clinic in Min­nesota was ranked as the na­tion’s best hos­pi­tal.

Dr. Jeff Glasheen, the chief qual­ity of­fi­cer for the broader UCHealth sys­tem, said the rank­ings have in re­cent years placed more em­pha­sis on the qual­ity and safety mea­sure­ments and less on the sur­vey. That, he said, has helped Univer­sity of Colorado Hos­pi­tal ascend up the charts as it worked to im­prove pa­tient out­comes.

He pointed specif­i­cally to the hos­pi­tal’s ef­forts to con­trol sep­sis, a life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tion that oc­curs most com­monly in peo­ple who are hos­pi­tal­ized. In the last year, the hos­pi­tal has cut its death rate from sep­sis by 10 per­cent.

“Which trans­lates to around 30 pa­tients per year who sur­vive their stay who wouldn’t have,” Glasheen said.

There were 12 hos­pi­tals in Colorado this year that scored highly enough and met other eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria to be in­cluded in the U.S. News rank­ings.

Porter Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal in Den­ver ranked sec­ond in the state, while Rose Med­i­cal Cen­ter ranked third.

He­len H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi, mid­dle, per­forms a bron­choscopy on Or­lando Car­rasco with the help of his team: Ana Ste­fan, Mike Gal­loway and Michael Kessler.

He­len H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Kathy Kramer asks pa­tient John Cas­tona to take big breaths at Na­tional Jewish Health.

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