Colorado

Jun 29, 2010 9:59 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Commission studies Memorial Hospital's future

The future of Memorial Health System is in the hands of the people it serves.  In February, the Colorado Springs City Council commissioned a committee to look at options for the city-owned health system's future.  The options range from keeping things the way they are to selling the health system to a for-profit or non-profit group.   

Tuesday night, community members and several employees of Memorial Health System say they want to make sure Memorial's future keeps what's good in tact.

"What resonated with me is there's value to Memorial to this community.  There's reasons why people work at Memorial," says Bob Lally, Memorial Citizens' Commission Chairman.

Commission members are talking with health care experts in the city and across the state, along with citizens about what's important, what's profitable, what's helpful, what needs to change, and what doesn't.

Another guiding point for the commission is to keep the long-standing community relationships MHS has built over the years.

"Everyone from the medical society to the local providers has been very insistent upon make sure you don't do anything that would negatively impact those relationships," says Larry Singer, a national health care consultant.

Memorial Hospital is paying for the outside consultant to help the commission, but members of the commission themselves are volunteering their time.

The commission has launched a website where people can post questions, get information, and look for upcoming meetings.  The commission plans to present its findings and recommendations to city council at the end of this year.

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