In Three Years, UCHealth Transforms Memorial

Memorial Hospital celebrates its three-year anniversary with UCHealth by opening 47 newly remodeled patient rooms on Units 3-5 and 5-5 on Friday.

The project – talked about for many years, but finally a reality — is part of a $22 million makeover, turning rooms into new, private spaces for patients. The goal: create more comfortable spaces and improve patient satisfaction. In all, UCHealth plans to remodel more than 200 patient rooms at Memorial by mid-2017.

In three years, UCHealth and Memorial have spent more than $90 million improving health care in Colorado Springs, bringing new technology to Memorial and hiring expert doctors, advanced practice nurses and nursing professionals. Memorial has experienced a financial turnaround and increased patient volume while improving its record on quality and patient safety.

A myriad of improvements have been made at Memorial since 2012. Here is a snapshot of many of the accomplishments:

Improved patient quality by reducing:

  • Patient falls by 64 percent
  • Pressure ulcers by 50 percent
  • Central-line Associated Blood Stream Infections by 14 percent
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections by 53 percent

Investing in our Future

  • Remodeled modern, private patient rooms at Memorial Hospital Central
  • New Radiation Oncology building under construction at Memorial Hospital North
  • Six new primary care locations in Colorado Springs and Monument
  • New heart catheterization lab at Memorial Hospital North
  • Four new UCHealth Emergency Room locations through partnership with Adeptus Health
  • A new, 22-bed hospital under construction near UCCS

Improving medicine in southern Colorado

  • US News and World Report ranks Memorial #4 in its list of Colorado’s Best Hospitals
  • Anticipated Level III Emergency care at Memorial Hospital North
  • Chest Pain Center Accreditation
  • Primary Stroke Center, the Joint Commission
  • Currently, 102 clinical trials are open at Memorial including 65 oncology trials, 13 cardiac trials and 24 others
  • Telestroke program implemented
  • Personalized medicine
  • First in southern Colorado to offer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
  • First in southern Colorado to offer S-ICD
  • Care for Left Ventricular Assist Device patients
  • Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit
  • Infusion Services available at Memorial Hospital North
  • Expanded cardiology, oncology, surgery, orthopedic and rehabilitation services in north Colorado Springs

Investing in technology:

  • New electronic health record system (Epic)
  • MyHealth Connection, online access for patients
  • Online bill paying
  • New, advanced MRI at Memorial Hospital Central
  • New CT, Memorial Hospital Central
  • Three-dimensional mammography
  • New O-Arm
  • New Linear Accelerator
  • Conversion of multiple IT systems
  • New PET/CT scan
  • New daVinci robot
  • New bedside monitors
  • New anesthesia machines
  • New infusion pumps
  • New Heart Lung Machine
  • New Telemetry system
  • Electrophysiology room replaced
  • New portable CT scanner
  • New Nuclear Medicine Camera

Investing in infrastructure

  • New boilers
  • New air handlers
  • New grease traps

Investing in growing our team of expert physicians and providers

  • Southern Colorado’s only Orthopedic Trauma Specialist
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeon
  • More than 50 physicians hired in cardiovascular, trauma, orthopedic and general surgery, oncology, neurosciences and primary care
  • 20 advanced practice providers hired
  • Cardiac and Neurology care now available in Woodland Park
  • Cardiac Care available in Monument
  • Orthopedic Practice at Printer’s Park Medical Center

Investing in the community:

  • Partner with the Denver Broncos, UCH Health Training Facility
  • Official Hospital of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
  • Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox
  • Official Hospital of Colorado College Tiger Hockey
  • Partner with the Colorado Springs World Arena
  • Offering numerous opportunities, classes, support groups, therapies to improve the health of the community


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