listed Colorado Springs’ Memorial Hospital as the fourth most affordable hospital in Colorado, and Penrose-St. Francis as the eighth most affordable in the state.

Memorial, affiliated with the University of Colorado Health, was designated a top 100 cardiovascular hospital by Thomson Reuters in 2007 and was one of 225 hospitals in the country that received a consumer choice award from the National Research Corporation in 2008-09. The patient satisfaction rate is 72 percent.

Memorial came in behind Fort Collins’ Poudre Valley Hospital, also a UC Health hospital, the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta and Montrose Memorial Hospital.

NerdWallet Health built a “best hospitals” tool to help patients investigate the cost of hospital care in their local areas, according to its website. The group analyzed the 100 most common treatments at 45 hospitals throughout the state.

Penrose-St. Francis has 522 beds, provides $120 million in charity care annually, and has a satisfaction rate of 77 percent, according to the NerdWallet website.

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