Council to approve seven finalists for Memorial board

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Colorado Springs City Council will vote on seven finalists for the new Memorial Hospital Board at their Nov. 13 meeting.

Selected for Council approval: Frank Caris, CEO of dpiX; Dick Celeste, former Colorado College president and principal at RFC NextAct; Karla Grazier, CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado; Robin Johnson, a doctor at Memorial; Frederick Michel, chief medical officer at AspenPointe; Gene Renuart, a former Air Force general and a board member at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; and Michael Welch, vice president of medical and dental at Peak Vista Community Health Centers.

There were 43 applicants for the seven positions, said Mike Sullivan, director of human services for the city of Colorado Springs in an email.

“This is just a wonderful showing of support by some of the most accomplished, talented and generous members of our great community,” he said.

Sullivan said the candidates went through an “extensive” application and interview process. Of the 43, 13 were chosen to be interviewed. That list included the following people: Guy Childs, CFO of Spectranetics; Robert Cutter, CEO of Colorado Springs Together; Mary Ellen McNally, former chairwoman of the Memorial Health System Board and Richard Steward, retired owner of HPE Inc; Jan Weiland, senior vice president of Cascade Investment Group and a former board member for Memorial and Ann Winslow, co-owner of Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs.

The former board, selected on an interim basis, dissolved when voters chose to lease Memorial to the University of Colorado Health, an entity made up of the University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System. It was replaced with an interim board that included Colorado Springs City Attorney Chris Melcher and City Councilors Merv Bennett and Brandy Williams, as well as three people from UCH.

The new board will include seven Colorado Springs residents and five people chosen by UCH. CEO Bruce Schroffel will serve as chairman of the board. The vice-chairman will be selected from Colorado Springs members.

The new board will oversee Memorial’s daily operations, and will have general oversight granted the volunteer boards at the other two hospitals. However, the UCH board will have final approval over decisions.