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Memorial hires two prominent surgeons

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Memorial Hospital has hired two local surgeons from its competitor, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Thoracic surgeon Matthew Blum and cardiothoracic surgeon Martin Beggs are leaving Penrose to join Memorial this spring. They will partner with cardiothoracic surgeon Bryan Mahan, who has worked at Memorial since 1999. Blum is one of four general thoracic surgeons in… Continue Reading Memorial hires two prominent surgeons

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PERA, city pension trial set for October

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A five-day trial pitting Colorado Springs against the Public Employees Retirement Association will start Oct. 28. At risk is $185 million from the lease proceeds of Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Health. The money could be used to jump start a new foundation that will distribute grant money once it is up and running… Continue Reading PERA, city pension trial set for October

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UCHealth agrees to manage Wyoming hospital

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University of Colorado Health has now extended its reach from Southern Colorado to Laramie, Wyoming.   The hospital group, which includes Memorial Hospital in the Springs, will now manage Ivinson Hospital in Laramie.   Under the agreement, Ivinson, which traces its roots to 1917, will become an affiliate of UCHealth but will remain an independent… Continue Reading UCHealth agrees to manage Wyoming hospital

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Under new management, Memorial hires 90

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In a significant sign that it is under new management, Memorial Hospital has hired 14 cardiologists, a breast surgeon and 75 other staff members just two months after joining University of Colorado Health. All told, Memorial’s physician network has grown by 40 percent in three months. The growth has included the acquisition of Pikes Peak… Continue Reading Under new management, Memorial hires 90

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Memorial Hospital’s outpatient surgery department and other services at its Printer’s Park Medical Plaza location will be closed for the remainder of the week following the discovery of a water quality issue there Monday. This closure affects hundreds of patients and dozens of employees, and Memorial recognizes this might be inconvenient. The decision, however, is… Continue Reading Memorial closes Printers Park location due to water quality

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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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Memorial is our very own golden goose

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If we allow common sense rather than rhetoric to govern our decisions, Memorial Hospital should remain a municipal entity, with the minimal governance it has endured for years. It’s not simply that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” or that conservatives like the status-quo, or that the older we get we fear change, but… Continue Reading Memorial is our very own golden goose

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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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Ted Eastburn, a former Colorado Springs City Councilman and a cardiologist with Memorial Hospital,  committed suicide this morning at the hospital. Police said hospital staff members reported hearing a gunshot fired from inside a locked office. When police arrived they found the body. Eastburn was elected to the council in 1999 and served a term.… Continue Reading Former councilman Eastburn commits suicide

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