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Years before I moved here, on Nov. 13, 1984, I spent a nervous morning at Memorial Hospital, anticipating word that my niece had been born. Sooner than expected, my brother-in-law appeared in the glassed room, the newborn cradled in his arms.

Such moments of joy have been shared by tens of thousands of aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents in this community at the city-owned hospital. And to be sure, Memorial has delivered its share of heartbreaking, end-of-life news also, fully intertwining the institution into the fabric of life in Colorado Springs.

Thus, it is with caution and a touch of reverence that we should approach the idea of excising the hospital from the arms of the public and entrusting life's most sacred moments to a stranger.

This prospect is one possibility being studied by a panel of citizens appointed by the City Council to determine the future of Memorial Health System. Though it's been meeting regularly since March, most of the panel's work is yet to be done.

Here, you'll find a report that delves into the obstacles to selling Memorial, and they go beyond emotional ones.

Pay attention to what this panel is doing in the months ahead. It's sure to affect everyone in this community in some way.

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