O’Connell leaving Penrose-St. Francis

Rick O’Connell, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, resigned today citing “personal reasons.”


O’Connell will continue to act as a consultant for the hospital system’s special projects, including the grand opening of the new St. Francis Medical Center. The $207 million full-service hospital will open in August.

Phil Shaw has been named interim president and CEO. He has 30 years of experience in health care finance and hospital operations, and most recently served as the interim CEO of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo.

O’Connell led the construction of the five-story “E Tower” during 2005 at Penrose Hospital and his community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill, the Penrose Equestrian Center and the Pikes Peak Humane Society.

He was named the 2004 “Business Citizen of the Year” by the chamber.

Memorial Health System CEO Dick Eitel announced his retirement in December. His final day will be March 31. Larry McEvoy M.D. was chosen to serve as interim CEO.