UCHealth announces Joel Yuhas as next President and CEO of Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North

January 23rd, 2017

UCHealth is pleased to announce Joel Yuhas will be appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North, where he will lead a team of more than 3,900 employees and oversee the continuing expansion of services in the Pikes Peak region.

Joel Yuhas is President and CEO of Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North.
Joel Yuhas is President and CEO of Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North.

Yuhas, 46, brings 20 years of health care leadership experience to Memorial. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., part of Dignity Health. His background also includes CEO positions within major hospital systems and experience at community and academic hospitals in the United States and abroad. He will begin work at Memorial on Jan. 9.

“It’s an honor to be named president and CEO for two of the leading hospitals in Colorado,” Yuhas said. “In the four years since Memorial affiliated with UCHealth, the hospitals and clinics have made remarkable strides in advancing health care for patients in the Pikes Peak region. I look to continue building on those successes, ensuring Memorial is the No. 1 hospital for complex surgeries and advanced care in the region.”

Memorial Hospital Central is located at 1400 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Memorial Hospital Central is located at 1400 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In addition to his role as CEO in Long Beach, Yuhas has held leadership positions at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). During his tenure at UPMC, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for UPMC’s international division, overseeing hospital and cancer center operations in Ireland, the U.K. and Italy.

“The knowledge and experience Joel brings will ensure Memorial’s successes will continue well into the future, and his commitment to outstanding patient care will strengthen our connection with the community we serve,” said Elizabeth Concordia, president and CEO of UCHealth.

“The impressive growth, quality and successes of Memorial are certainly things that attracted me to this position,” said Yuhas. “And I’m also looking forward to moving to beautiful Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountains. I’m excited to soon call the Pikes Peak region my home.”

Yuhas replaces George Hayes, who stepped down as Memorial’s CEO earlier this month. Hayes joined Memorial as president and CEO in 2014 after spending 10 years at the helm of Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, another UCHealth hospital. Under Hayes’ leadership, Memorial experienced a dramatic turnaround in quality, safety, patient experience and finance. It is now ranked among the top eight hospitals in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report.

About the author

Cary Vogrin is a media relations specialist for UCHealth. She joined UCHealth in 2015, coordinating media stories and responding to media requests for UCHealth hospitals and clinics in southern Colorado.

Prior to joining UCHealth, Vogrin was a newspaper reporter and editor, having worked at The Fort Dodge Messenger in Fort Dodge, Iowa; The Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California; The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado; and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, where she covered health care.