University of Colorado Hospital, the group hoping to lease Colorado Springs’ Memorial Health System, was ranked best hospital in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

The report ranks five specialties at UCH as best in the nation, including a No. 1 ranking for the hospital’s respiratory care, the category where it tied for first with national Jewish Health. In addition to the other accolades, UCH won best hospital in the Denver Metro area.

U.S. News scored UCH’s cancer, diabetes, rheumatology and kidney disorders programs in the top 50 in the nation.

UCH is now part of the University of Colorado Health, a new health care system that includes Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. The group hopes to add Memorial to that list, if voters choose to approve the lease arrangement Aug. 28.

Last fall, the University HealthSystems Consortium scored the University of Colorado Hospital as the No. 1 performing academic hospital in quality.

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