Mayor Steve Bach was joined by City Attorney Chris Melcher in Berger Hall at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) for a panel discussion about the proposed lease of Memorial Health System (MHS) to University of Colorado Health (UCH.) The panel was convened to inform citizens about the latest developments of the plan and to discuss how the lease would affect UCCS and the City of Colorado Springs.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers just finished reviewing the lease and issued a statement. The Attorney General “finds the Transaction will not result in a material change to the charitable purposes to which the assets of the hospitals have been dedicated,” and therefore “the Transaction may proceed without further review.”
The next step in the process is to let the people of Colorado Springs vote to either approve or reject the lease. Ballots for the mail-in election should go in the mail next week and are due back by 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
City Attorney Chris Melcher also approved the proposed lease and adovcated for its adoption. “The Mayor, City Council and UCH have worked together diligently over many months to structure a partnership that, if approved, is expected to dramatically improve health care services in our community and provide a stable and exciting future for Memorial and the doctors, nurses and staff who serve the patients and their families. With today’s decision by the Attorney General, the proposed lease of Memorial’s operations to UCH has been definitively cleared to proceed to the voters. Today is an exciting day for the future of our entire community and we are gratified for a thoughtful and careful review that has confirmed our hard work.”