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Ranked #1 or #2 in the Nation for 26 Consecutive Years

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National Jewish Health has been named a top respiratory hospital in the nation for the 25th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on its 2021-22 list of best hospitals in the nation. This year National Jewish Health ranked #2 on the list and has held the #1 or #2 position in the magazine’s pulmonology rankings for all 25 years that the outlet has evaluated pulmonology care.

“The continued recognition by U.S. News & World Report of our leadership in the treatment of respiratory and related diseases is a testament to the commitment of our entire team of doctors, caregivers and staff,” said Michael Salem, MD, president and CEO of National Jewish Health. “The past 18 months fighting the pandemic have been unlike any other, but through these challenging times, the pulmonary, cardiac and critical care expertise of National Jewish Health assured that we would be there to meet the needs of our patients and communities.”


Throughout the pandemic National Jewish Health innovated and adapted acute respiratory clinics for children and adults with suspected COVID-19, launched multiple diagnostic molecular and antibody testing options for multiple states and delivered mass vaccination events on our campus and in the community. In addition, we quickly saw the need and opened and continue to operate a Center for Post-COVID Care and Recovery which offers multi-disciplinary programs for those suffering from complications of long COVID. We also provided intensive care for the sickest patients throughout the pandemic with clinical-partner hospitals in Colorado, New York, Los Angeles and in five additional western states. National Jewish Health researchers continue to lead and participate in many studies to better understand, test and treat the virus.

The U.S. News & World Report specialty rankings for Pulmonology & Lung Surgery are based on a combination of factors, which change somewhat annually. Areas reviewed include recognition by pulmonologists across the nation, patient volume, safety, survival, advanced technology and patient services. Since 2011, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health together with its academic affiliate the University of Colorado Hospital.

National Jewish Health again received recognition as “High Performing,” the highest rating available, for conditions in the Common Adult Conditions and Procedures, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Cancer Surgery, and Pneumonia, a new category recognized this year by U.S. News & World Report.

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National Jewish Health provides care at 24 locations in Colorado, including through a partnership with Saint Joseph Hospital, part of the SCL Health system. In addition, our partners in New York and Philadelphia include the Mount Sinai — National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute and the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute Jefferson Health — National Jewish Health.