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Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

Mayor Steve Bach hopes to encourage more citizen participation with his new “Spirit of the Springs” initiative. He wants more people to serve on committees, more people to run for city council, more people to apply for city staff. And he wants people who aren’t usually involved with the city to become more involved. It… Continue Reading Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

New bill complicates Memorial’s future

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A last-minute bill introduced last week in the General Assembly adds a new wrinkle to the debate about the future of Memorial Health System. Senate Bill 202, introduced by Sen. Bill Cadman and co-sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner, had to get special approval to be introduced. If passed, it stands to change the way hospitals… Continue Reading New bill complicates Memorial’s future

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While hospital actuaries crunch their own numbers, Memorial Health System and the Public Employees Retirement Association are at a standstill about how much the hospital should pay to become an independent, nonprofit system. Continue Reading Memorial’s way forward lies in uncharted territory

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Health giant jumps into Memorial ballot battle

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The battle over the fate of Memorial Health System is pitting one of the biggest hospital companies in Colorado, which wants to buy Memorial, against a fledgling group of locals that supports the hospital’s bid to become a nonprofit. HealthOne, controlled by for-profit giant HCA, has launched a campaign to halt progress of the effort… Continue Reading Health giant jumps into Memorial ballot battle

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The support for Memorial Health System’s efforts to become an independent nonprofit system is growing in the medical community. Earlier this week, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced their support of the plan. Today, Colorado Springs Health Partners and Mountain View Medical Group also said they supported the proposal. The two are the Pikes Peak region’s… Continue Reading Medical community support for Memorial nonprofit plan growing

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HCA-HealthOne, a for-profit medical company, is trying to convince Memorial Health System officials to rethink plans to turn the hospital in to a nonprofit and instead sell it to them. Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy rejected HCA’s overtures. In a written statement, McEvoy said the best names in health care – the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland… Continue Reading Memorial suitor continues quest for hospital

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City Council: Nonprofit best for Memorial

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All nine members of the Colorado Springs City Council appear ready to allow Memorial Health System to become an independent, nonprofit system, though that’s where their agreement ends. The council wants to see a tangible return on the city’s investment, more details about how a proposed health care foundation would benefit the community, and guarantees… Continue Reading City Council: Nonprofit best for Memorial

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Memorial Health System is now one step closer to independence. The citizens’ commission charged with determining its future voted unanimously to recommend the system become a stand-alone, nonprofit system. From the outset, it was clear this model – preferred by Memorial’s executives – was the favorite. During discussion, not a single member of the commission… Continue Reading Commission votes for stand-alone, nonprofit status for Memorial

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Seeking a return on Memorial

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Colorado Springs could end up making money if it severs ties to Memorial Health System. Continue Reading Seeking a return on Memorial

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Mayor: Memorial decision should be made publicly

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Much of the discussion at yesterday’s Memorial Citizens’ Commission meeting was based on a misunderstanding. Chairman Bob Lally and Commission member Martha Barton believed that Mayor Rivera wanted the group to make its final decision in closed session, and keep that decision under wraps until the Nov. 22 city council meeting. That perception is incorrect,… Continue Reading Mayor: Memorial decision should be made publicly

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