UCH wins votes of non-voting task force members

While none of the city council members announced their intentions at this morning’s Memorial Health System meeting, the non-voting members unanimously picked University of Colorado Hospital.

Only the four city council members will vote on which proposal moves forward to city council, but the advisory members – Doug Quimby, Phil Lane, Dr. Michael Welch, Carolyn Flynn, Steve Schaeffer and Randy Purvis – all said they supported the University of Colorado’s proposal.

Purvis said he knew some jobs might be lost, but believed that would be less under the university’s proposal. Other task force members said they thought the university’s proposal was the best chance for success.

It would seem that the city council members agree – the University of Colorado Hospital’s proposal received the top score in both rounds of scoring. HealthOne came in second, but only after their presentation.

And the hospital giant refused to say in earlier task force meetings whether or not it would publicly challenge the final choice. HealthOne launched a public campaign that included robo calls and advertising flyers to derail the process last year. They asked for more time and other options to be considered.

The scores are based on 70 items specifically asked for in the request for proposal. Every city council member ranked each item from one to four, based on answers in the proposal. They ranked them again after hearing the public presentations and asking each group specific questions.

Memorial’s proposal to become an independent nonprofit was originally ranked at 1300, placing it second behind UCH’s plan. But the second time around, it had dropped nearly 270 points to 1068, placing it behind nearly every other presentation.

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth ranked third on the scorecard.

Council members, for the most part, only vaguely referred to their changes. Only Merv Bennett said he changed HealthOne’s rating from a one to a four, based on their presentation.

“I read it wrong, I read their philanthropy as money paid to them,” he said. “I realized I was wrong so I changed it. I only changed two, and I don’t think it made much of a difference.”

Council members Jan Martin and Brandy Williams also said that they made “minor” changes to their scoresheets.

“So I scored some up and some down,” Williams said. “and I don’t think it made a difference of more than 10 points.”

Only Tim Leigh had no comment.

“I don’t really think I need to give an explanation. I scored them the way I scored them,” he said. “That’s pretty much it.”

The task force is meeting in closed session this morning, and will return to open session today to start to reach a consensus on which proposal should be recommended to city council in January.

They also have a meeting scheduled for Monday, from 8 a.m. to noon at the city council chambers.

The task force meets again Monday to nail down their decision.  Click here to see the original scoresheets and the metrics examined.