by Pam Zubeck
If you have an interest in spending millions of dollars, the city wants you to apply to serve on the Colorado Springs Health Foundation board.
Actually, the board won't be spending money for awhile, because several shoes have to drop before the foundation will be free to allocate money.
The foundation was formed to disperse proceeds from the city's lease of Memorial Hospital to the University of Colorado Health last October. But $259 million of those proceeds is being held in reserve until a lawsuit is decided over how much the city owes to the Public Employees' Retirement Association on behalf of Memorial workers.
Here's an explanation of the new board's mission, duties and qualifications for those interested in applying, as outlined in the city's news release:
Board of Trustees
The affairs of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation will be directed and managed by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Trustees will be nominated by the Mayor and appointed by a majority of the members of City Council. It is required that the Trustees be at least 21 years of age and residents of the City of Colorado Springs.
Residents of the City interested in serving should have knowledge, expertise, education or experience in one or more of the following areas:
· community health needs
· public health care
· improving quality of or access to health care
· health promotion and education
· non-profit management
· legal experience
· board leadership skills
These are volunteer positions, and will require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per month (most likely more hours during the Board’s first year).
Interested persons should complete the Application for Appointment to the Board of Trustees of Colorado Springs Health Foundation, which can be found at www.SpringsGov.com by clicking on “Get Involved” and then click on “Committees, Commissions and Boards”. Either email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the physical address above no later than January 21, 2013.