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Months of research, deliberations and debate will come to an end for the Memorial citizens’ commission on Nov 22. That’s the date set for the commission to deliver its final report to the Colorado Springs City Council. The commission has been tasked with making recommendations to city council about the future of the city-owned hospital… Continue Reading Memorial panel to deliver recommendation Nov. 22

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Denver Health didn’t divorce the city of Denver when it became a hospital authority – it just decided to live in a separate house. That’s the way CEO Patricia Gabow described the relationship between the city and its former department, Denver Health. In 1997, the hospital system split from the city, creating a separate authority… Continue Reading Denver Health describes transition to Memorial Commission

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Delivering women’s and children’s health care is typically more expensive, raising concerns among doctors who work with Memorial Health System that a sale of the system will mean fewer services for those groups. Memorial has three distinct hospitals on two campuses, including Memorial Hospital for Children. A number of pediatricians and other physicians turned out… Continue Reading Quality of care concerns dominate Memorial town hall

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Editor’s Note: CSBJ reporter Amy Gillentine will live-blog the town hall meeting tonight. If there are questions you’d like to have asked tonight, post them in the comment section below, and check back here for answers. Jerry White asked if the commission had explored what happens if the system is sold to a for-profit system.… Continue Reading Hospital sale could equal change in care

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As the Memorial citizens’ commission deliberates the future of Memorial Health System, it might do well to explore the histories of hospital networks that have already gone through the process. While it’s difficult to draw exact parallels, the experiences of two systems offer a glimpse into what can happen when a city or county government… Continue Reading To sell or not, the hard decisions ahead

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The Memorial Citizens’ Commission is asking for the public’s help. The Commission announced today it will conduct a town hall meeting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 29 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 314 W. Bijou Ave. A presentation and question-and-answer session begin at 6 p.m. The Commission was tasked in February with making a… Continue Reading Memorial Commission holding town hall meeting

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A loss of local control, loss of coordination between health care providers and the loss of access to care by the poor – these are the big concerns of Colorado Springs health care leaders as a citizens’ commission decides the fate of Memorial Health System. Continue Reading What’s at stake if Memorial is sold?

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Memorial Health System is paying the consultant hired to help guide the citizens’ commission tackling questions about its future more than a quarter of a million dollars for a year’s work. So, who exactly is the commission getting for Memorial’s $285,000? There’s no doubt Larry Singer comes with impressive credentials. He’s an associate professor and… Continue Reading Memorial consultant: It is ‘not up to me to decide’

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The citizens’ commission charged with recommending whether the city of Colorado Springs should sell Memorial Health System can now focus on the mission ahead after having one of its biggest questions resolved this week. The question: Is the municipally owned facility subject to the Hospital Transfer Act, a Colorado law passed in 1998 that regulates… Continue Reading Suthers makes right call on Memorial Health

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The consultant hired to help guide the Commission on Ownership and Governance of Memorial Health System will be paid $285,000 for his work. The contract Larry Singer signed with Memorial Health System – which will be paying the bills – covers the period between this month to April 2011, and also includes travel expenses. “I… Continue Reading Memorial consultant to be paid $285,000

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