Health systems plan Memorial expansion

153667902The University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado have announced plans to expand their services throughout the Colorado Springs area, which may include construction of new facilities.

In a news release Friday, the partners said that they are “exploring building a new free-standing children’s hospital adjacent to Memorial Hospital North” in addition to expansion of its pediatric and adult services.

The plan to expand the partnership’s services, and potentially its facilities, is in response to the growing health care needs of southern Colorado, according to the release. The organizations also anticipate the project to generate job growth and economic development in the region.

“In 2012 Colorado Springs voters placed their overwhelming support in UCHealth and Children’s Colorado, two nationally recognized organizations, to operate Memorial Hospital and to elevate health care for Colorado Springs,” Mike Scialdone, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital, said in the release.

“This partnership helps us fulfill that promise and continue to deliver on the vision to make Memorial Hospital a regional and statewide leader in health care.”

UCHealth overtook operations of the Memorial Health System on Oct. 1, with Children’s Hospital Colorado assuming control of the Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The regime change came after more than two years of city planning, during which the city appointed a citizens commission and three task forces. UCHealth was finally chosen to least the Springs-based system in January 2013 after a request-for-proposal process.