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Pikes Peak Hospital begins telemedicine stroke program

Pikes Peak Hospital and Surgery Center has an agreement with HealthOne Stroke Care network and the Colorado Neurological Institute, Intouch Health and Blue Sky Neuroscience to provide telemedicine to stroke victims in Woodland Park and Teller County. The partnership allows PPRH to use the remote presence robotics system. Patients with stroke symptoms who arrive in… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Hospital begins telemedicine stroke program

HealthOne isn’t going to accept defeat quietly. After learning this morning that their bid was not chosen by the City Council-led task force to lease Memorial Health System, the health care giant said the process was completed too quickly and the task force “rushed to judgment.” The task force unanimously chose the University of Colorado… Continue Reading HealthOne ‘disappointed,’ maintains Memorial interest

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UCH wins votes of non-voting task force members

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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… Continue Reading UCH wins votes of non-voting task force members

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Memorial group wary of Denver HCA deal

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Those who oppose turning Memorial Health System into a private entity are keeping an eye on a hospital deal in Denver they say raises red flags about the future of indigent care in Colorado Springs. HealthOne, a joint venture between private hospital giant Hospital Corporation of America and the nonprofit Colorado Health Foundation, is working… Continue Reading Memorial group wary of Denver HCA deal

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Memorial’s loss of income during July and August hasn’t deterred interest from for-profit hospital HealthOne. The group’s representative here in the Springs, Kevin Walker, said HealthOne is waiting on the final Request for Proposals from the city. “They’re still interested,” he said. “We’re all just waiting for the details of the RFP. Depending on what… Continue Reading Hospital’s finances haven’t deterred HealthOne’s interest

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Campaign mounted to halt Memorial spin-off

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The fight about what to do with Memorial Health System is heating up – and those opposed to creating an independent nonprofit hospital – including a Denver hospital hoping to buy Memorial – are spending big bucks. This week, direct mail flyers were mailed throughout the Springs, asking people to contact city council members and request that the… Continue Reading Campaign mounted to halt Memorial spin-off

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At issue: Nursing staff levels

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Memorial Health System’s nurse staffing levels, among the highest in the nation, could be at risk if the three-hospital network is sold to a for-profit hospital. Experts say higher nurse-patient ratios help prevent deaths in hospitals and generally yield better patient health outcomes. Patients tend to suffer more complications such as pressure-related ulcers and hospital-acquired… Continue Reading At issue: Nursing staff levels

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HCA, co-parent of HealthONE, is preparing an initial public offering, Bloomberg News is reporting. HealthONE has expressed interest in buying Memorial Health System. The IPO could raise $3 billion and is needed to pay off its debt, which is 4.8 times its its earnings or about 425.7 billion. HCA is headquartered in Nashville and is… Continue Reading HealthONE parent HCA to file IPO

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