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Is it all needless worrying? The Memorial Commission on Ownership and Governance recently hired a consultant, causing some to wonder what exactly the commission’s role will be in the upcoming months. Hiring a consultant, the thinking goes, would seem to negate the need for the commission itself. After all, the consultant hired, Larry Singer, has… Continue Reading Questions about Memorial consultants misplaced?

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Anyone hoping that a sale of Memorial Health System will replenish the city’s coffers will want to think again. A major stumbling block — the Colorado Hospital Transfer Act — has thrown into question the very premise that fueled talk of a potential sale. Under the law, any proceeds from the sale of a nonprofit… Continue Reading Memorial sale proceeds might not be city’s to spend

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Uncompensated care has been a drag on Memorial Health System’s bottom line for years, but that could change once the Obama administration’s health care reforms take effect and more people become insured. Assuming a best-case scenario, the two-hospital system’s performance could improve by as much as $33 million a year under the legislation passed by… Continue Reading Health reform has a nice financial ring for Memorial

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Oda Roozeboom has come a long way since she grew up in the Philippines. She is now the vice president of professional services at Memorial Health System. Despite their poverty, Roozeboom’s parents provided for their children and taught them not to be defined by their circumstances. When she left the Philippines, she landed a job… Continue Reading Roozeboom helping Memorial to do more with less

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Hospitals chip in to pay for detox center

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Despite missing an earlier deadline, both of Colorado Springs’ hospitals have agreed to provide money for community detoxification services. Both Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will help pay for construction of a new El Paso County detox center. The original center, Pikes Peak Mental Health’s Lighthouse, closed in February because there was… Continue Reading Hospitals chip in to pay for detox center

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