by Pam Zubeck
Having received 15 applications for nine slots on the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees proceeds from city-owned Memorial Hospital, the city is re-opening the application process.
City HR director Mike Sullivan says the city got good applicants but not as many as the 25 who applied for the Memorial Hospital Advisory Board previously. Therefore, the application period is being extended until Wednesday.
After the city leased Memorial to University of Colorado Health on Oct. 1, it set up the foundation to receive and manage lease payments and make grants from the fund.
Members of the foundation board will be nominated by Mayor Steve Bach and appointed by a majority vote of City Council. Trustees, who won't be paid for their 10 or so hours per month of work, must be 21 years old and live in the city. They also should have knowledge, expertise, education or experience in one or more of the following areas, according to the city's news release:
· 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