Forum to highlight Memorial Hospital proposal, upcoming public vote

Memorial Hospital proposal forum on Aug 2 at 5:30 in Berger HallThe members of the UCCS Alumni Executive Board and Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host a forum to outline the proposed lease of Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in Berger Hall.

The event is open to both campus and greater Colorado Springs community members, according to Jennifer Hane, director, UCCS Alumni and Friends Association. The forum is expected to last 60 minutes and will be followed by a community reception.

Representatives from UCH, UCCS and the City of Colorado Springs will explain what the proposed lease of Memorial Hospital means for the City of Colorado Springs and UCCS. As part of the proposed agreement, a branch campus of the CU School of Medicine will be located at UCCS.

Free parking will be available in lots 3 and 4. To attend, please visit to confirm your attendance.

Earlier this year, a task force reviewing bids for Memorial endorsed the UCH proposal. The Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Steve Bach have also endorsed the plan. Colorado Springs residents will be asked to vote on the proposal in an Aug. 28 mail-in ballot special election.

University of Colorado Health, a new organization composed of University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, is offering the city $259 million up front, $5.6 million in annual lease payments, a profit-sharing plan and $3 million a year toward establishing a branch medical campus at UCCS.

The UCCS Alumni Executive Board members are:

  • Caron Alllen, School of Public Affairs, 2005
  • Tom Baranowski, College of Business, 1981
  • Laura Chandler, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 1995
  • Brad Cuppy, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 2002
  • Maria Lampman, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2008
  • Kim Ostrander, School of Public Affairs, 2011
  • Eric Peitz, College of Business, 1977
  • Fred Slane, College of Business, 2008
  • Amy Sullivan, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2005
  • Bryan VanSickle, College of Business, 1995
  • Stu Woods, College of Business, 1989

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