Christine DeMarrais Fisher 
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Re: “Reasons for Memorial hope

As for the "getting something back for our investment"... you DO get something back. You get the 4000+ employees that buy groceries, pay taxes, buy houses, buy cars, go to the movies, get their hair cut, and pump all that money in the economy of the city. If a for-profit (HCA) were to come in, count on the fact that 1000+ of those employees would be cut off the top - then they'll start cutting the services (NICU, PICU) that don't make money....Don't be fooled by that 1billion dollar commitment. It's all sparkle and big numbers. That 1 billion investment is over 40 years - which at a small sum of $25M a year is not nearly enough to keep the hospital growing as it's done over the last 100 years. Why would we "sell out" to HCA, get the $325M to put in a trust for the healthcare for the citizens ... only to turn around and pay HCA that money back to PROVIDE that care? As it a non-profit, Memorial would continue to provide the indigent care that it has in the past.... and did you realize that the "investment" you've made provides $77M per YEAR to the city of Colorado Springs? That should put some of those flashy numbers in perspective. They look nice, but when you really sit back and realize the impact that the for-profit will have on the economy, they get small in a hurry.

The minute the control of Memorial goes to a company other than Memorial (as a non-profit organization), you will definitely lose that asset... all the decisions will be made to satisfy the stakeholders..... not to provide the highest quality healthcare to the citizens of Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Christine DeMarrais Fisher on 12/07/2011 at 10:23 PM

Re: “New city players, new agenda

Bach, who campaigned for more jobs in the area, is positioning the
community to take a huge hit on unemployment. Sure, there would be funds
coming in due to the lease, but that will be GREATLY outweighed by the jobs
that are lost. If one of the largest employers in the area (excluding the
military) is cut by 20% (and that's a conservative estimate), what will
THAT do to the number of jobs out there? Let's look big picture - not just
line a few pockets by making Memorial a source of income rather than a
source of the best healthcare out there. Demand the transparency we deserve
and don't allow the decisions to be made in back room conversations. The
Mayor seems to think he doesn't have to be held to the Sunshine Laws - Let
him know otherwise!!! Let Memorial live, thrive and REALLY help the
community by doing what it does best - give great care and help the economy
of the area as a result!

Posted by Christine DeMarrais Fisher on 09/07/2011 at 9:11 PM

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