The Memorial Health System Board of Trustees is taking flak from all sides — even the cops.
The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association issued the following statement today:
The President of the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (CSPPA), Dave Henrichsen, today commented on the recent Memorial Hospital CEO Payout:
On behalf of the CSPPA members and all city employees in general, I wish to thank Mayor Bach and all of the members of City Council for stepping up and holding the Memorial Hospital Board accountable. The stance they have taken in the past few days has certainly not been easy, but it is very much appreciated.
At a time when we are fighting the rising costs of health care, especially for our retirees, exorbitant and unnecessary expenses such as the compensation package offered to former Memorial Hospital CEO Dr. McEvoy really makes us wonder what is going on- and where the priorities for our city lie?
This city is very fortunate to have a large number of incredibly dedicated employees who have spent their entire lives, some well over 30 to 40 years, enthusiastically devoted to serving our citizens and our community. However, when they retire, they are surprised to find that they must get another job just to cover the extreme costs of their health care. Many retirees are paying upwards of $1,700 per month for continued (basic) health care!
Imagine how much good ($1.15 million) could do if it were applied to the city. As this money came from our community, it is incredible that anyone would feel it appropriate to offer such a large sum to just one individual who spent a mere 4 years in service.
We appreciate their no nonsense approach to this problem, taking serious steps to correct it, and giving all city employees the sense that finally our elected leadership is stepping up, taking care of business, and trying to do what is right for all.