UCHealth announces Lonnie Cramer as next President and CEO of UCHealth’s hospitals in Pikes Peak region

March 23, 2023
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central

UCHealth is pleased to announce Lonnie Cramer has been appointed as president and CEO of UCHealth Memorial Hospital. Cramer also will oversee Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Grandview Hospital and many of UCHealth’s clinics in the region.

Lonnie Cramer
Lonnie Cramer

“Lonnie brings a wealth of health care experience to UCHealth’s hospitals in the Pikes Peak region,” said Elizabeth B. Concordia, president and CEO of UCHealth. “But beyond that, he brings a great desire to be involved in the community, a commitment to providing outstanding patient care and dedication to serving veterans, active-duty service members and their families.”

Cramer has more than 30 years of health care operations experience, most recently as president of UCHealth’s Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Broomfield Hospital, and multiple outpatient care locations. Prior to joining UCHealth in 2019, he served as the chief operating officer for Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.

“I am truly excited to lead UCHealth’s hospitals in El Paso and Teller counties and to build on the many successes and advancements in patient care that have occurred in the decade since Memorial Hospital joined UCHealth,” Cramer said. “It’s also wonderful to be back in Colorado Springs and once again call it home. I look forward to renewing past relationships and building new ones in the communities UCHealth serves.”

In addition to his roles in Colorado, Cramer served as chief operating officer of MDiagnostics Inc. in Metairie, Louisiana, specializing in outpatient imaging with five centers in multiple states; he also served as director of diagnostic imaging services at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Cramer began his health care career in the U.S. Army, serving eight years as a radiology noncommissioned officer, and he remains passionate about providing care for veterans and active-duty service members. He holds a master’s degree in clinical practice management and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration. Lonnie and his wife, Janet, have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

“I would also like to express my gratitude for the collaboration and support I’ve had from community organizations, providers and staff in the Longmont and Broomfield areas as we have supported patients and improved the health of our communities,” said Cramer. “I look forward to collaborating with those in El Paso and Teller counties as, together, we continue to expand services and offer residents the tools they need to stay healthy.”

Cramer has served as interim CEO of Memorial Hospital for the past two months; he replaces Joel Yuhas, who served as Memorial’s CEO for six years before accepting a position in December 2022 with UPMC in Pennsylvania. Under Yuhas’ leadership, UCHealth Memorial Central was designated a Level I Trauma Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center while expanding care options for patients.


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.