Hospital is 15th best in country, 1st in state
National Jewish Health top pulmonology institution
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.
Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi, middle, performs a bronchoscopy on Orlando Carrasco with the help of his team: Ana Stefan, Mike Galloway and Michael Kessler.
Kathy Kramer asks patient John Castona to take big breaths at National Jewish Health.