Jan 17, 2014 10:19 PM by Tony Spehar

Memorial Hospital under new leadership

Friday brought some big changes as Memorial Hospital's chief executive officer and chief financial officers resigned and were replaced by two new leaders.

For many it was a surprising announcement that Former CEO Mike Scialdone was stepping down, he had lead the hospital through its transition from being city owned to the ownership of University of Colorado Health. Memorial officials didn't comment on the circumstances of the change in leadership but thanked Scialdone for his service.

"I think that Mike would be certainly integral in making that transition from a city owned and a city managed hospital to University of Colorado Health," explained Chief Medical Officer Patrick Faricy.

According to a press release from UCHealth new leaders have been put in place at three of their hospitals across the state, a move that is being called "realigning their leadership positions as part of a plan to further enhance quality patient care and performance."

Stepping into the top job at Memorial Hospital is George Hayes, formerly President and CEO of Medical Center of the Rockies. Hayes said that, while the change in leadership may be abrupt, it doesn't mean there will be a shake-up for employees at the hospital.

"There have been a lot of changes in the last few days and I think our goal is really to help stabilize things and keep moving in a positive direction so we're not anticipating any layoffs or changes," Hayes said.

While still new to his job, Hayes said that he believes Memorial has made great strides in improving their patient numbers, services and have seen a 50-percent improvement in patient safety. He said keeping the momentum will be important in keeping the hospital working as a private rather than public entity.

"It's a little bit new, I think all hospitals right now with what's going on with the Affordable Care Act, all the changes that are being brought about around that," Hayes answered when asked what challenges the hospital faces.

There will be a lot of work for the incoming CEO over the coming year getting the hospital's level one trauma program off the ground and moving forward with construction of a children's hospital at Memorial's north campus.


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