For the 12th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named National Jewish Health the best respiratory hospital in the nation.

The hospital ranking is based on various care-related factors, such as nursing and patient services. Additionally, board-certified pulmonologists from around the country mentioned National Jewish Health more often than any other hospital when asked to name the best respiratory hospitals in the nation.

"We are gratified that board-certified pulmonologists around the country continue to recognize National Jewish Health as the best place in the nation for respiratory care," said Michael Salem, MD, president and chief executive officer of National Jewish Health. "Even in these difficult times, we are seeing more patients than ever, providing more charity care, and adding more services to help our patients."

"As the nation debates comprehensive healthcare reform, we believe that coordinated care among healthcare professionals, and the practical implementation of preventive and personalized medicine will provide patients with the best, most comprehensive care possible." said Salem in an announcement about the ranking. "These are already strengths of National Jewish Health, and we are working to improve and expand them."

Over the past 2 years, National Jewish Health has added services in interventional pulmonology, diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, weight management, critical care, hospital medicine, and expanded diagnostic laboratory testing. It recently opened its Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center, Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging®, Center for Genetics and Therapeutics, and Integrated Bioinformation and Specimen Center.