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Jun 24: Memorial Hospital for Children Expands Medical Expertise in the Community

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2008

Memorial Hospital for Children (MHCH), the only children’s hospital in southern Colorado, is pleased to announce the addition of several premier pediatric medical specialists to its health care team. All board-certified and fellowship-trained, the following specialists bring to the community many new services and access to specialized care that was once only available in Denver.

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist: Ban Al-Sayyed, M.D.
  • Pediatric Surgeon: Thomas Baesl, M.D.
  • Pediatric Critical/Emergency Care Specialist: John Fugate, M.D., medical director
  • Pediatric Neurologist: Richard C. Gamuac, M.D.
  • Pediatric Pulmonologist/Sleep Medicine Specialist: Mohannad Mannaa, M.D.

These five most recently hired experts are part of an extensive care team available to the children in southern Colorado. Other easily accessible specialized children’s care through Memorial Hospital for Children includes radiology, general surgery, physical therapy, cardiology, anesthesiology, intensive care and neonatology. In addition to what the above medical employees offer, other new pediatric specialties available through Memorial include orthopedics, otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and gastroenterology.

“Pediatric care is a specialty,” said John Fugate, M.D., medical director of Memorial Hospital for Children. “Physically, emotionally and mentally, children are developmentally unique and they need specialized care.”

For those families with a child who has a chronic condition/disease, Memorial Hospital for Children Pediatric Specialty Clinics provides the expertise for ongoing evaluation and treatment of children living with a cleft palate, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, sickle cell, rheumatology issues and other unique health conditions.

About Memorial Hospital for Children

Memorial Hospital for Children, in partnership with The Children’s Hospital, is the leading provider of children’s health care in southern Colorado and the community’s only children’s hospital. Memorial Hospital for Children provides a wide range of pediatric services to more than 5,000 children of all ages each year. Memorial Hospital for Children is part of Memorial Health System.


For more information, please contact Memorial Health System’s Public Relations Office at 719-365-5235.