University of Colorado Hospital | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). University of Colorado Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The hospital reports roughly 46,000 inpatient admissions and observations each year. Clinicians at the hospital also perform more than 23,000 surgeries, transplant nearly 300 organs, deliver 3,600 babies and care for more than 100,000 patients in the emergency department annually.
Although UCH is now one of the largest healthcare providers in the region, it didn't happen overnight. After the University of Colorado opened in Boulder in 1877, it established a $6,000, 40-bed hospital in 1898. The hospital eventually outgrew itself and moved to Denver. When an army medical center in Aurora closed, the University of Colorado converted it into the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where the hospital still stands today.
The University of Colorado Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in the Denver metro area and in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings. In addition, UCH is nationally ranked by U.S. News for 11 adult specialties and is the recipient of Healthgrades' 2016 excellence awards in overall clinical care, cranial neurosurgery, critical care, general surgery, neurosciences and gastrointestinal care. Also in 2016, UCH was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals. UCH is a Level I regional burn center, a Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center and home to the largest transplant center in the state.
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