Pikes Peak Hospice to open unit at Memorial

Memorial Hospital will create a hospice inpatient care unit at its central location, thanks to a partnership with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care.

The partnership was approved by the University of Colorado Health Board of Directors and will create a licensed unit for hospice patients operated by the local nonprofit hospice organization.

The partnership not only provides inpatient care in a dedicated leased space within Memorial, similar to the inpatient facility at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, but it also will allow Pikes Peak Hospice to care for Memorial’s patients who need hospice care after they are discharged.

The move is just the latest in a series of changes at Memorial since UCH leased the facilities from the city of Colorado Springs. The new management has hired several specialists, including new cardiothoracic and thoracic surgeons and a breast cancer surgeon. It’s in the midst of a multi-million electronic record upgrade, and is planning more capital upgrades this year.