Dec 5, 2012 7:51 PM by Matt Stafford

New additions for Memorial Hospital

There's plenty of activity at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs now that it's been taken over by University of Colorado Health; dozens of new positions have been added, about 90 in all.

The hospital hasn't done much hiring lately while the city worked through the decision to lease it; now they're moving forward.

"For a few years now, if not longer, Memorial has struggled with this uncertainty about it's future," says Brian Newsome, a spokesperson for Memorial Hospital.

Part of that struggle has been the city-wide discussion on the lease of Memorial Hospital, and then the vote; overwhelming to go through with it. There was also anger about the outgoing C.E.O. Larry McEvoy's severance package. Then there was the process of replacing the board. All in all, it's been a lot of change.

"That makes it really difficult to recruit physicians and strategically plan for the future," explains Newsome.

On the other side though, Memorial is now in a different spot; there's new management and new faces. In the last couple of weeks the hospital has hired two new neurosurgeons, 14 cardiologists that made up the largest practice in Colorado Springs, a breast surgeon, and 75 other staff members. Hospital staff says this mostly comes from their newfound stability.

"That gave us a certainty about our future and that's partly what you're seeing now," says Newsome.

There are also a couple of other changes for services too. For one, the hospital has received a new stroke care certification. Secondly they've picked up a tool that's one-of-a-kind in southern Colorado; it's called an O-Arm. Staff says the O-Arm provides better imaging for procedures requiring delicate care, like spinal surgery.

So, some new additions as Memorial Hospital begins its new direction.



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