U.S. News Recognizes The Medical Center of Aurora as a Top Denver Hospital

U.S. News Recognizes The Medical Center of Aurora as a Top Denver Hospital and for High Performance in Multiple Specialties

Aurora, CO, July 20, 2011 – The Medical Center of Aurora has been recognized for high performance in multiple specialties as part of the U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings. It is also ranked the #5 hospital in the Denver metro area. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

“We are honored and proud to be recognized not only as a top Denver metro hospital, but for high performance in a variety of specialties,” said John Hill, President and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza. “These rankings speak to the dedication of our physicians and employees to provide top quality care to the surrounding community.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

The Medical Center of Aurora is recognized as high-performing in the following specialties:

• Cancer
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology
• Geriatrics
• Neurology and Neurosurgery
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology
• Urology

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.