Members of the Memorial Health System task force have forwarded a collaborative proposal led by the University of Colorado Hospital to the Colorado Springs City Council.
The task force was charged with recommending new operators for Memorial Hospital
The proposal to lease and operate Memorial was made by University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Poudre Valley Health System, which are forming a new hospital system. They are joined by Children?s Hospital Colorado, which would operate a specialty ?hospital within a hospital? at Memorial, and the University of Colorado. The proposal would also fund a branch of the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Memorial would become the southern hub of the new system, called University of Colorado Health. Poudre Valley would be its northern hub, with UCH, headquartered at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, serving as both its literal and geographic academic medical core.
?Our whole team is honored to continue the conversation with Colorado Springs regarding Memorial?s bright future as part of our University of Colorado Health System,? said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. ?We look forward to the opportunity to expand our longstanding relationship with the Pikes Peak region through support for Memorial?s already excellent medical staff, expanded educational opportunities and greater economic development.?
The city council will consider the task force?s recommendation in the coming weeks. During the vetting process, task force members singled out the Colorado-based non-profit system for the mission and values it shares with Memorial. Additionally, task force members said they were impressed by the quality of care and educational excellence represented in the partnership, as well as by the branch medical campus that the partnership would establish.
In addition to the financial terms of the package, the UCH proposal also anticipates the new system would bring economic development benefits for the region of between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion annually.