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Live blog: At the Memorial Commission hearing

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Memorial Commission discusses parameters Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2:51 p.m. The commissioners are discussing parameters to place around the five remaining options. Those parameters: charity care, essential services, quality of care, community responsiveness, financial stability, approval of the sale and assets, and a reversionary interest. The group wants to make sure that whatever happens to Memorial,… Continue Reading Live blog: At the Memorial Commission hearing

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There’s plenty happening right here on the political front at the moment to keep us distracted. But I noticed something in the Florida governor’s race this week that has relevance to a civic debate in the Springs. Rick Scott, who’s running as the GOP candidate in the Sunshine State, has been busy defending himself in… Continue Reading Here’s what we should do with Memorial hospital

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Memorial debate: The pros, cons

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What governance model might work best for Memorial Health System? There are eight options under consideration; the pros and cons of each are many. Among the alternatives: the city could do nothing. That seems unlikely, though the city could decide to go no further than killing the mill levy, thereby achieving its primary goal of… Continue Reading Memorial debate: The pros, cons

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Memorial commission to hold second public hearing

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The Memorial Commission is giving citizens another chance to weigh in about  the future of the municpal  hospital. The commission is holing a public hearing from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle. Analysis of the models of ownership and governance and the advantages… Continue Reading Memorial commission to hold second public hearing

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Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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By Larry McEvoy Memorial Health System is Colorado Springs’ largest employer outside the military. It generated $15 million in earnings last year, and it employs more than 4,000 people with some of the region’s best-paying jobs. But Memorial’s dollars and jobs today are just a part of real value and unrecognized growth ahead. Imagine if… Continue Reading Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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Poudre Valley hospital a good mold for Memorial

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If Memorial Health System were to fashion itself after any other hospital network in the nation, it would be Poudre Valley Health System. Located in Fort Collins, Poudre Valley made the move from a public hospital to an independent nonprofit in 1994. At the time, the hospital had $100 million in revenue and 1,600 employees.… Continue Reading Poudre Valley hospital a good mold for Memorial

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As the Memorial Citizens Commission has meandered leisurely along its course, producing reams of paper and hours of testimony, we’ve hoped that some clarity would emerge from the process. Evan Dreyer, Gov. Ritter’s press secretary, once coined a nifty name for the process — “blue-ribboning.” Got a political dilemma? Just appoint a blue- ribbon commission,… Continue Reading Going nonprofit is most sensible option for Memorial

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Memorial hopes for more than governance change

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After months of sitting on the sidelines, listening to the testimony of highly paid consultants and a host of others discuss health care, Memorial Health System officials finally got their say Wednesday night. The plan they unveiled to the Memorial Citizens Commission was sweeping in scope — establish an independent community nonprofit hospital with integrated… Continue Reading Memorial hopes for more than governance change

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Memorial proposal met with approval, questions

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A standing-room only crowd clapped loudly when Larry McEvoy finished presenting the administration’s vision for Memorial’s future. The crowd, filled with Memorial employees, heard Memorial’s proposal for its future for the first time at tonight’s citizens’ commission meeting. The proposal was met with largely positive responses from the commissioners, the employees and the hospital’s board… Continue Reading Memorial proposal met with approval, questions

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Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare system in Nevada used to be a lot like Memorial Health System: It was publicly owned but did receive tax revenue for operation. And, when officials decided to sell it, they enlisted the aid of an independent commission to explore options. In the end, they turned the hospital into a nonprofit and haven’t… Continue Reading Hospital with situation similar to Memorial’s went nonprofit

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