Cari Davis, director of marketing and communications at city-owned Memorial Health System, has resigned effective July 26. Her sidekick, Brian Newsome, who covered Memorial and health issues as a reporter at the Gazette, has been named her interim replacement by acting CEO Mike Scialdone.
Newsome says Davis "doesn't have anything lined up yet, but said she's ready to try something new."
Of course, Memorial might not be the most secure place for a highly paid marketing manager, considering Springs voters will decide Aug. 28 whether the lease the hospital to the University of Colorado Health System. Many expect UCH to combine functions, resulting in layoffs.
Davis, who ran domestic violence agency TESSA until late 2006, started at Memorial in July 2007. As I reported while working at the Gazette back then:
Davis served on Memorial's Board of Trustees from 2000 until she took a leave of absence on March 28, 2007, to pursue a career in the health care business.
She resigned from the Board of Trustees on May 9, 2007, noting she had become an independent contractor for Memorial's foundation, a nonprofit agency. Two weeks later, on May 23, Memorial posted the director of communications and marketing job opening, and Davis was hired July 2 by Memorial vice president Rita Burns, who served on the TESSA board when Davis ran the agency.
Her starting pay was $97,073 a year, a pretty healthy bump from her TESSA salary of about $52,500.
She was knocking down $102,511 a year in 2009 when the Gazette published on its website payroll records of all Memorial employees. We've asked for a current salary figure, but won't receive it until later today, so we'll update when we get it. We also asked for Newsome's new salary, if indeed it's changed since he was named to the interim post.
Newsome says former Denver Post reporter Erin Emery, who's worked at Memorial for a number of years, will be handling media matters as he once did.