Memorial's interim CEO gets the job for real

BARBARA COTTER Updated: September 24, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: September 24, 2012

Mike Scialdone can remove the “interim” from his business card: On Monday, University of Colorado Health named him the full-time CEO of Memorial Health System as it prepares to become part of UCHealth on Oct. 1.

Scialdone became Memorial’s interim CEO in May after Dr. Larry McEvoy resigned with a controversial $1 million severance package. McEvoy, a dynamic but often divisive figure who was CEO for four years, said he was leaving so he wouldn’t get in the way of negotiations with UCHealth and the vote that followed.

Last month, voters overwhelmingly approved the 40-year lease agreement, which supporters say down costs, improve patient care and open up more cutting-edge treatment as Memorial joins a new joint venture that the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Poudre Valley Health System of Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

The deal also will establish a branch of the University of Colorado medical school at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Scialdone joined Memorial four years ago as chief financial officer, a role he’s continued on top of his duties as interim CEO. Previously, he was chief financial officer at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, and he also worked in hospital finance and management in Florida.
“In addition to strong financial expertise and hospital experience, Mike brings a commitment to improving patient safety and clinical quality, a must for anyone who is part of UCHealth,” said Bruce Schrffel, UCHealth CEO, in a news release.

Although Memorial now has its CEO, not every piece of its leadership will be in place when the handover takes place. Still to be named is a permanent, 11-member board that will oversee the hospital’s operations and make spending recommendations to the UCHealth board.

In the meantime, a new interim board with Schroffel at the helm will launch on Monday. Also on the interim board are Colorado Springs city attorney Chris Melcher, city council members Brandy Williams and Merv Bennett, and Anthony DeFurio, chief financial officer for the University of Colorado Hospital Authority.

Schroffel said Monday the interim board will eventually recommend seven community members to sit on the permanent board; four other members of the permanent board will be appointed by UCHealth. Before the interim board can make its recommendations, however, it needs applicants for the volunteer positions, and not many have come in, Schroffel said.

The city has extended its application window for people who are interested in being on the board to Oct. 4. But it’s not a task for everyone. Among the requirements are a strong financial background and knowledge of health care management. For more information on what the position requires and how to apply, go to www.springsgov.com, click on “get involved,” then click on “commissions and committees.”

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