Memorial Hospital has hired 14 cardiologists, a breast surgeon and 75 other staff members just two months after joining University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) and only a few weeks after hiring two prominent neurosurgeons. All told, Memorial"s physician network has grown by 40 percent in three months.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 device.
"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, are:
David I. Greenberg
Ronald D. Blonder
David J. Schwartz
James M. Glass
Joseph R. Lee
Patients may schedule an appointment with one of these doctors by calling 719-635-7172.