Heart docs join Memorial



Back in August, just after Colorado Springs voters gave overwhelming approval of the city-owned Memorial Hospital lease to University of Colorado Health, UCH CEO Bruce Schroffel told the Indy in an interview that the top priority of UCH was to recruit doctors.

Memorial Hospital

Well, yesterday, Memorial issued a news release announcing a coup. It has hired 14 cardiologists, a breast surgeon and 75 other staff members. All told, it said in the release, Memorial's physician network has grown by 40 percent in three months since the Aug. 28 vote.

From the release:

The hospital acquired Pikes Peak Cardiology, the city’s largest cardiology
practice, and the practice of Dr. Laura Pomerenke, a breast surgeon. Dozens
of supporting team members were also hired.

The hiring of so many physicians reflects a turnaround for Memorial, which
struggled to recruit and retain doctors during a prolonged political
discussion over its future in recent years. That discussion ended
decisively on Aug. 28, when voters overwhelmingly approved a deal to lease
Memorial to UCHealth. The Colorado-based health system includes University
of Colorado Hospital, named the No. 1 academic medical center in quality by
University Health System Consortium, and Malcolm Baldrige Award-winning
Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies.

“Voters issued a mandate when they agreed to make Memorial part of
University of Colorado Health,” said Memorial CEO Mike Scialdone. “We are
wasting no time delivering on that mandate, moving forward boldly and
swiftly to not just meet consumers’ expectations, but to set them.”

Other signs of change: Memorial was recently certified in stroke care, an
important quality distinction for hospitals, and it became the first
southern Colorado hospital to offer the O-arm, an advanced surgical imaging

“We have accomplished many things in a short amount of time,” Scialdone
said, “but the truly exciting thing for patients is the fact that we’re
just getting started.”

Memorial’s new physicians are now part of UCHealth’s Colorado Health
Medical Group.

The newly hired cardiologists, under CHMG Cardiovascular and Thoracic Care,

· David I. Greenberg

· Ronald D. Blonder

· David J. Schwartz

· James M. Glass

· Joseph R. Lee

· David Rosenbaum

· Nita Harris

· Mary Olsovsky

· Kimberly Dulaney

· Jonathan Sherman

· Chris Kim

· Russell Linsky

· Brad Mikaelian

· Jorge Davalos

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