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Potential buyers are already sniffing around Memorial Health System, including Health One, the largest hospital company in Denver. The interest doesn’t surprise CEO Larry McEvoy. But he points out no firm offers can be entertained. “And none can be,” he said, “not until the voters decide if they want to sell.” Health One was not… Continue Reading Health One among interested Memorial buyers, CEO says

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The Memorial Commission met today to discuss several thorny legal questions, among them what happens to the pensions of the 4,000 people employed at the three-hospital system. The pension question will weigh heavily as the commission decides whether to sell Memorial Health System and to whom. If a for-profit company buys the hospital system, then… Continue Reading Memorial commission grapples with legal issues

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The Memorial Commission met yesterday to discuss several thorny legal questions, among them what happens to the pensions of the 4,000 people employed at the three-hospital system. The pension question will weigh heavily as the commission decides whether to sell Memorial Health System and to whom. If a for-profit company buys the hospital system, then… Continue Reading Commission considers legal options for Memorial pensions

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Memorial: An easy sell?

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If the city decides to sell Memorial Health, finding a buyer for the publicly owned, two-hospital system shouldn’t be a problem. Although it has seen lean years, Memorial today has some of the key characteristics that hospital owners look for when they expand to a new market: a promising location with strong demographics; financial stability;… Continue Reading Memorial: An easy sell?

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Memorial committee mired by indecision

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If its third meeting is any indication, the city-appointed Memorial Health System commission won’t get around to answering questions about the future of the two-hospital network any time soon. Members of the 11-member board, which gathered on Tuesday, became mired in detail, bureaucracy and technical language — struggling to define the “problem” and questioning why… Continue Reading Memorial committee mired by indecision

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ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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Colorado Springs hospitals have seen an increase in patients with H1N1 symptoms — up as much as 30 percent each day at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.  And, while doctors at the city’s other hospital system, Memorial Health System, also say they’ve seen a significant jump in ER visits, doctors at both hospitals say they can… Continue Reading ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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Memorial Health System will not offer flu or H1N1 vaccinations this year. “We think there are so many other places to get flu shots – even at Walgreens,” said spokesman Chris Valentine. “We decided last year that resources were not being adequately used in a flu shot clinic – and that they could be better used elsewhere.”… Continue Reading Memorial won’t, but Penrose will, offer flu shots

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However, state says two doctors on call not enough for the long term Memorial Health System has devised a short-term solution that will allow the hospital to treat brain trauma patients in its emergency room. The hospital had to divert its brain injury cases to Penrose-St. Francis Health Services during August because doctors at Colorado… Continue Reading Memorial finds short-term solution for lack of neurosurgeons

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Memorial loses neurosurgical doctors

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Colorado Springs Neurological Associates has ended its contract with Memorial Health System, leaving the city-owned hospital with only one pediatric neurosurgeon.

Despite the exodus, Memorial will maintain its Level II trauma center designation, said spokesman Chris Valentine.

The system is “pursing comprehensive neurosurgical coverage,” and views the change as “an opportunity for Memorial to further the program’s impact and community benefit,” he said.
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Memorial Health Service’s occupational health program is raising fees by 6 percent. The price increase applies only to contractor employers and does not affect regular patients, said Chris Valentine, spokesman for the hospital system. “Simply, the cost of providing the service has increased,” he said. “Supply cost, laboratory expenses have all gone up so we… Continue Reading Memorial’s occupational health fees up 6%

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