UCCS economic forum to explore healthcare changes

Jana Hyde, (719) 210-4104, jhyde@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The 16th annual University of Colorado Colorado Springs Southern Colorado Economic Forum will focus on the changes that will occur as a result of the vote by citizens of Colorado Springs voted to lease Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health.

The forum will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

A panel discussion titled “The Changing Health Care Environment: Leveraging Economic Opportunities for the Pikes Peak Region” will feature leaders in the local and state health care industry. Moderated by Deborah Chandler, executive vice president and CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners, the panel includes:

  • Patty Fontneau, executive vice president and CEO, Colorado Health Benefit Exchange
  • U.S. Army Col. John M. McGrath, MEDDAC Commander, Evans Army Community Hospital
  • Margaret Sabin, president and CEO, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
  • Rulon F. Stacey, president, University of Colorado Health
  • Charlie Sweet, executive director, Strategic Planning and Initiatives, UCCS

“The change in operations at Memorial Hospital has the potential to transform the economy of southern Colorado,” Tom Zwirlein, forum director and professor, College of Business. “We want to delve into how that change can benefit other sectors of the economy and the region in general.”

In addition to the panel, the regional, national, and international outlook will give attendees a glimpse into economic conditions in the U.S. and the Pikes Peak Region during the next 12 to 15 months.

“The Southern Colorado Economic Forum has provided valuable data and perspective to our community for 16 years,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “This year, with the anticipation of the positive effects of the Memorial Hospital vote, is no exception.”

For details on the schedule, the speakers, and to register, visit www.southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com.

To see a video overview of the speakers, visit

The College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 400 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.