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University of Colorado Health (formerly Poudre Valley Health System) evaluates and uses new technologies that benefit patients and families. We study and improve the way we provide tests and treatments. We work closely with physicians to evaluate the care we offered and what worked, what didn't, and why.

We also constantly work to improve our customer service -- that's a major focus for us, and our senior managers and department directors. Click an award to see details. Collapse all


Baldrige National Quality Award

The highest presidential honor given to United States businesses and organizations that demonstrate innovation and performance excellence. PVHS was one of three organizations to receive the 2008 Baldrige award.

Magnet Hospital

Poudre Valley Hospital is a Magnet hospital, a designation given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence. PVH was first designated a Magnet hospital in 2000, the first hospital in the Rocky Mountain region and the 18th nationally to receive the designation. PVH was re-designated in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Poudre Valley Hospital is one of only ten hospitals in the nation to receive the Magnet designation four times in a row.

 Medical Center of the Rockies received the Magnet designation in 2010.

Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Poudre Valley Health System has been named one of America's 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare three times, and we are the only healthcare provider in Colorado or the region to make the list.

LEED Gold certification

Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland was the first Colorado hospital to earn gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The certification means MCR is one of the two “greenest” hospitals in the nation.

Peak Performance Award

In 2008 Poudre Valley Health System received the Peak Performance Award, Colorado's highest award for performance excellence, from the Colorado Performance Excellence Program (CPEx). It was the second time in five years PVHS received the award.

Top 100 Hospital

Poudre Valley Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital for five years in a row (2003-2007), by Thomson Reuters, a national healthcare consulting firm. The designation was awarded for excellent overall patient care results, among other factors.

Avatar Best Overall Performer

Medical Center of the Rockies earned the Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer in 2009 from Avatar International's national database of customer satisfaction results, meaning MCR is in the top 5 percent of the 360 hospitals tracked by the company. Avatar is the nation's leading independent company that tracks the quality of hospitals by surveying their patients to determine customer satisfaction. MCR also received three Innovation Awards.

Poudre Valley Hospital received a Five Star Inpatient Care Award from Avatar, which reflects the highest score for inpatient satisfaction survey results in Avatar's national data base. PVH also received an Innovation Award and was again recognized in 2009.

Beacon Award

The cardiac intensive care unit at Medical Center of the Rockies in has earned the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Beacon Award two straight years. The award honors ICUs in the U.S. that achieve the highest patient care outcomes. The unit was the first Colorado ICU to receive the Beacon award.

Most Wired and Most Wireless

PVHS has been named to healthcare journal Hospitals & Health Networks’ “Most Wired” and “Most Wireless” list for eight (2004-2011) consecutive years. It is one of only two Colorado hospitals or systems on the list. The award is given annually to hospitals that most effectively use electronic technology to improve patients' care.

Top 500 User of Innovative Information Technology

Given by Information Week Magazine, PVHS received this award in 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Poudre Valley Hospital is one of 11 hospitals nationwide that were awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study and identify the best ways to retain experienced nurses.

PVH is one of 50 hospitals in an initiative to find innovative ways to provide bedside care to patients, a project sponsored by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Given to Medical Center of the Rockies' respiratory therapy department

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Awards and Recognition

University of Colorado Health employees dedicate themselves to providing patients and other customers with world-class care and service. Outside organizations recognize that, calling University of Colorado Health's hospitals some of the best in Colorado and even the best in the nation. Some of those accolades are listed below:



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