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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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I have had the privilege of both living in Colorado Springs for most of my life and practicing medicine here for nearly 28 years. We are extremely fortunate to have two competing, but collegial hospital systems in our city that are mission driven to provide care to all, regardless of financial status. I have been… Continue Reading Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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By John McGuire What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list for the new year? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets,… Continue Reading Gaining competitive edge by slowing down, listening

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Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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The work of the Memorial Citizens’ Commission is for all intents and purposes complete. This commission, consisting of nine highly educated and diverse citizen volunteers, conducted an extensive public outreach process and provided numerous opportunities for citizen access throughout all quadrants of the community. Our process consisted of more than 50 town hall meetings open… Continue Reading Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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Time has arrived to make hard choices

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By Craig Carnick If you want to watch something alarming, look at the U.S. Debt Clock at www.usdebtclock.org. It calculates, second-by-second, America’s rising debt (approaching $14 trillion), federal spending (nearly $3.5 trillion a year) and budget deficit (roughly $1.3 trillion). Second-by-second the numbers increase, and you can also watch (more slowly) the inexorable rise in… Continue Reading Time has arrived to make hard choices

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‘American Dream’

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By Scott Smith and Doug Quimby Editor’s note: The writers, both executives at La Plata Communities, crafted the following parody of Don McLean’s hit song “American Pie” with hopes that he would forgive their trespasses. A long, long time ago, I can still remember, How that market used to make me smile. And I knew… Continue Reading ‘American Dream’

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A tough Thanksgiving for this nonprofit

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Funding cuts in human services have been regular news for several years. To decision-makers in Denver, budget cuts mean changing numbers on spreadsheets to make expenses match revenues. The practice is to cut uniformly across agencies and programs without evaluating the impact of these spreadsheet changes. On Oct. 1 of this year the state of… Continue Reading A tough Thanksgiving for this nonprofit

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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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When did taking the easy way out become the way to do business? Or to boost the economy, build communities, improve our schools, raise our kids and solve our problems? When did we decide that being a leader was a cushy job? Continue Reading Taking the hard road in tackling complex challenges

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Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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New research into the power of industry clusters to drive regional economic development has led to the term “industrial identity Continue Reading Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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