Colorado Springs’ new partner with Memorial Health System was just named the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States by the University HealthSystem Consortium.

It marks the second year that UCH has been honored with the award. The quality leadership award is given annually by the 116-member alliance of the nation’s nonprofit academic medical centers and 276 of their affiliated hospitals.

The award is given to the academic hospital with the best outcome scores in patient safety, clinical effectiveness, clinical efficiency, patient satisfaction, mortality and equity.

“Last year, when the University of Colorado Hospital won this award for the first time, I thought it was the proudest moment of my career,” said University of Colorado Health CEO Bruce Schroffel. “Now, to be named the top academic hospital in quality in the nation for two consecutive years, I’m speechless. This is the highest recognition any hospital can receive, and it motivates us to constantly focus on providing a level and quality of care not found anywhere else in Colorado or the United States.”


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 and is home to some of the nation’s best specialists and sub-specialists. Through the research focus of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, UCH offers clinical trial drugs and innovative procedures unavailable at other hospitals in our region.

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University of Colorado Hospital also received the 2012 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award which reflects the dedication of staff to ordering and delivering medications and supplies while maintaining high quality and efficiency.


University of Colorado Hospital is now part of University of Colorado Health, a Colorado-based healthcare system comprised of five hospitals and many clinics and physicians stretching from Colorado Springs to Wyoming.  The quality reflected by the UHC awards is shared across the system to improve health care throughout the Rocky Mountain region.


In addition to being named the top-performing academic hospital in the United States, U.S. News & World Report named University of Colorado Hospital the best hospital in Colorado in July 2012. The hospital’s specialties have been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News for 18 consecutive years.