University of Colorado Hospital tops in quality of care

National consortium’s leadership award the latest of many honors
By Staff

University of Colorado Hospital tops in quality of care
The University of Colorado Hospital has been named the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for the delivery of quality health care.

The latest distinction for University of Colorado Hospital is the Quality Leadership Award given annually by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), the 114-member alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers. The award is given to the academic hospital with the best outcome scores in patient safety, clinical effectiveness, clinical efficiency, patient centeredness, mortality and outcomes, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic background. UHC’s study results are solely based on patient experience data.

“No honor could mean more to University of Colorado Hospital,” said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO. “To be recognized for the quality of care we provide is the ultimate affirmation. It is the highest compliment any hospital can receive. It motivates us not only to maintain the consistently high level of care we provide, but also to improve it.”

Academic medical centers are the research and medical school-based hospitals generally seen as the best places for advanced, complex care. University of Colorado Hospital is the leading academic medical center in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

“The practice of medicine is very complex,” Schroffel said. “We rely on the collaborative efforts of every member of our faculty and staff to provide safe, efficient patient care. People from all over the world choose University of Colorado Hospital for their treatment.”

Besides being named the top-performing academic hospital in the United States, U.S. News & World Report in July named University of Colorado Hospital the best hospital in the Denver area. The hospital’s specialties have been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News for 17 consecutive years.