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Executive Leadership

Art Gonzalez, DrPH, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer

Arthur Gonzalez, Dr. P.H., FACHEArt, as he prefers to be called, has been the CEO at Denver Health since September, 2012. Prior to taking the reins at Denver Health, Dr. Gonzalez was the CEO of Hennepin Health System, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and in his 40 year career has held CEO positions in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and California.

Dr. Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio and his doctorate in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and holds memberships in state and national hospital associations. He has served as graduate school adjunct faculty, as preceptor for administrative residents and interns, and on state and national councils and boards for community and professional organizations. Past awards and recognitions include selection as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 12 Up and Coming Healthcare Executives; as one of the Top 25 Turnaround CEOs in the U.S. by Health Week, and for the Pinnacle Award for Most Inspiring Administrator.

Ken Bellian, MD
Chief of Clinical Operations

Dr. Bellian has extensive background in quality improvement initiatives, leadership, strategic planning, integrating information technology to support patient care flow, and has experience in being a facilitator moving individuals with different interests toward a common goal. In his role as CCO he leads our medical staff toward the goal of achieving our overall organizational performance in each of our foundational pillars as well as education and research. Dr. Bellian holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He also holds an MBA degree from Duke University.

Kathy Boyle, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer 

Dr. Boyle joined Denver Health in January 2009. Dr. Boyle previously worked at the University of Colorado Hospital for over 20 years in various positions including nurse manager, nursing director, coordinator of clinical planning for the replacement hospital and as the administrator of the new hospital’s first phase. Dr. Boyle received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Science from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. In 2007, Dr. Boyle completed her PhD from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

Bill Burman, MD
Director of Denver Public Health 

Dr. Burman is a Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Burman joined Denver Public Health as an infectious disease physician in 1995. He earned his undergraduate degree from Whitman College and his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. He has been involved in the design and implementation of randomized trials in the treatment of tuberculosis and HIV disease for 15 years.

Peg Burnette, CPA 
Chief Financial Officer

Peg Burnette began her Denver Health career in 1996 as director of Finance, and was promoted into associate chief financial officer and controller position. She was promoted to CFO in 2004. Under Ms. Burnette’s financial leadership, Denver Health has achieved record patient collection and income results by maximizing key revenue sources such as Medicaid and Commercial Insurance. Prior to joining Denver Health, Ms. Burnette served as the director of Budget and Reimbursement at National Jewish Health in Denver. Peg was selected as CFO of the year by the Denver Business Journal in 2010.

Richard Dart, MD
Director Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center

Dr. Dart has been director of the Poison Center since 1992. He is also Denver Health’s chief business development officer. Dr. Dart is Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and is active in the American College of Toxicology (ACMT), American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and American College of Emergency Physicians.

Amy Friedman
Chief Patient Experience Officer

Amy Friedman joined Denver Health in 2008 and was promoted to chief patient experience officer in 2013. In this role she supports improving the patient and family experience in the inpatient as well as the ambulatory setting. During her time at Denver Health, Ms. Friedman has introduced a variety of customer service initiatives involving service recovery, employee recognition, and innovative patient and family services such as pet therapy, music therapy, and No One Dies Alone. Ms. Friedman has extensive customer service work experience both in the private and public sectors including serving on the governor’s staff. She has an undergraduate degree from Colorado College and a master's degree from George Washington University.

Leann Donovan
Executive Director of Managed Care

Ms. Donovan joined Denver Health in 2007 as executive director of Managed Care. She served as vice president for The Healthcare Group from 1994-2007 and vice president of MH Healthcare from 1990-1994; prior to that time, she held other positions with healthcare organizations in Indiana. Ms. Donovan was past president for the Colorado Association of Health Plans and a board member for the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. She has a BS in business administration from Indiana University.

Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD
Chief Ambulatory Care Officer 

Dr. Hambidge is a pediatrician who joined Denver Health in 1997. Prior to becoming the chief ambulatory care officer in 2014, he was a general pediatrician and pediatric researcher, and director of General Pediatrics from 2007-2014. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree and PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Hambidge is a Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Colorado.

Paula Herzmark
Executive Director, Denver Health Foundation

Ms. Herzmark joined the Denver Health Foundation as executive director in 2004. Previously she served as chief executive officer for the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center. From 1982-1990 she was the CEO of a cable corporation, and from 1977-1982 Ms. Herzmark served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. She also served as the governor’s legislative liaison. Prior to that time she held several positions with government and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Herzmark currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Colorado Mesa University (appointed by the governor of Colorado) and a commissioner for the Denver Water Board (appointed by the mayor of Denver). She is a previous Colorado Women’s Chamber Athena Award winner and a Mile Hi Girl Scout Council “Woman of Distinction”. She chaired the Board of Directors for Denver Health from 1997-2004.

Timothy Harlin, FACHE 
Chief Acceleration Officer

Tim Harlin joined Denver Health in April 2013 as chief acceleration officer. He served as COO of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN from 2010-2013 and served as CEO of Randolph County Medical Center in Roanoke, AL from 2005-2010. Prior to that time he held other positions with healthcare organizations in Georgia. Mr. Harlin holds an MBA in general management from Emory University.

Julie Lonborg
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer 

Ms. Lonborg joined Denver Health in 2011 as chief marketing and communications officer. From 1993-1999, she was the director of Marketing at Bank of Cherry Creek in Denver. From 1999-2011, she was the director of Planning and Marketing at Swedish Medical Center in Denver. Ms. Lonborg holds a BS in business administration from Arizona State University and a Master of Science degree in marketing from Colorado State University.

Greg Rossman
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Rossman joined Denver Health in 2003. He holds BA's in economics and psychology, and an MBA in human resources from Indiana University. He has previously served in various human resources positions including director of Human Resources for Swedish Medical Center in Denver and vice president of Human Resources for Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Elbra Wedgeworth
Chief Government & Community Relations Officer

Ms. Wedgeworth returned to Denver Health in April 2007. She previously served in a similar capacity from 1996-1999. From 1999-2007, she served as a member of the Denver City Council and was council president from 2003-2005. She has also served as the Denver city clerk and recorder, the deputy director of Denver’s Department of General Services, and as Denver’s deputy director of Regulatory Reform. She has a BA degree from the University of Redlands (Redlands, California) in sociology/anthropology.