Banner: No bid on Memorial

Banner Health isn’t going to be one of the bidders to lease Memorial Health System.

A statement released by the hospital said it decided to “pass” on the request-for-proposals for Memorial that the city is currently undertaking. The city hopes to lease the assets to an outside organization – changing the municipal hospital’s governance and ownership.

The statement, from spokeswoman Nancy Neff, said: “Banner Health has decided to pass on the opportunity to participate on the RFP regarding Memorial Health System. We wish Memorial the best in its efforts to secure a solid future so that the system can continue to provide excellent patient care to people in and around Colorado Springs.”

Neff said the hospital system would have no further comment.

Banner’s exit leaves five others still in competition: the current administration for Memorial; HCA’s Health One in Denver, Exempla’s Sisters of Charity, the University of Colorado Hospital and Centura Health, parent to Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

Banner has four hospitals in Colorado, most in the Fort Collins area. It is headquartered in Arizona and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital systems.