UCHealth Announces Departure of Memorial Hospital CEO

George Hayes’ contributions to Colorado Springs community include impressive financial turnaround and improvements in quality metrics and patient experience
September 14, 2016
George Hayes, president and CEO of UCHealth Memorial Hospital.

Colorado Springs  – UCHealth today announces that George Hayes, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs, has decided to step down, effective Nov. 4, 2016. Hayes joined Memorial as president and CEO in 2014 after serving as president and CEO of Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, another UCHealth hospital, since 2004.

Under his leadership, Memorial experienced a dramatic turnaround in quality, safety, patient experience and finances. It is now ranked among the top eight hospitals in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report as providers and staff deliver excellent care for patients throughout the Pikes Peak region.

Hayes and his leadership team have driven UCHealth’s investment of more than $130 million into improving the facilities and services Memorial provides, while also turning around Memorial’s financial position. Thanks to Memorial’s successes, the City of Colorado Springs received a $1.3 million revenue-sharing payment from UCHealth last year.

“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO and an honor to work with such tremendous individuals to achieve impressive accomplishments in quality and patient experience,” Hayes said. “I will be forever grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and look forward to seeing Memorial continue to excel and grow.”

Memorial board members, key providers and leaders will be involved as UCHealth begins a search for Memorial’s next president and CEO later this year.

“I would like to thank George for his commitment and dedication to UCHealth and to patients throughout southern Colorado,” said UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth B. Concordia. “We wish him the very best, and we will miss his constant focus on improving the care we provide in Colorado Springs.”


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UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience.  UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. UCHealth partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and numerous community organizations to provide care. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

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