National Jewish Health has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #1 or #2 every year that the Pulmonology category has been included in the rankings (since 1997). Our approach puts the patient first and combines compassionate patient care, collaborative research, education and outreach to improve lives while advancing the frontiers of medicine. Our experts in respiratory, cardiology, lung cancer, immune and related diseases break new ground each and every day in their search for improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Our history is rich in caring, leadership and innovation. In 1899 National Jewish Health was the first institution in the nation with the primary goal of providing free care to indigent tuberculosis patients and restoring their health. Patients came looking for and finding hope, help and healing. Patients continue to come to National Jewish Health because we make the difference — we find the answers and we help improve quality of life. Our mission then and now is to heal, discover and educate as a preeminent health care institution. Patient care, education, research and innovation have been our cornerstones and have led to our inclusion on lists of top hospitals and awards for top physicians and researchers as well as scientific advancements and discoveries.