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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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Memorial Health moving its urgent care center

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Memorial Health System is paying nearly $1 million to move its urgent care clinic to a part of a city it says is underserved. The Springs Medical Clinic, now located on Pikes Peak Ave., just blocks from Memorial’s main campus, will move to the Kohl’s shopping center at Janitell Road and Circle Drive. Memorial officials… Continue Reading Memorial Health moving its urgent care center

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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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Memorial, Mary Lou and the new mayor

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Former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace visited the Memorial Commission and asked its members to consider an important question regarding the sale of the hospital. Read about it in John Hazlehurst’s blog.

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