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Executive Leadership

Art Gonzalez, DrPH, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer - Retiring June 30, 2016

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.

Rob Borland
Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Rob is a seasoned marketing and public relations executive with successes in various industries including gaming, breweries, and sporting. Most recently, Rob served as chief marketing officer at USA Pro Cycling and prior to that he was chief marketing officer at Molson Coors International. Rob brings extensive experience in growing businesses and building brands in the United States and abroad, in locations such as Japan and the United Kingdom.

Rob oversees Denver Health marketing and public relations which includes media and public relations, external marketing and communications, internal communications, and digital marketing.

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
Interim Chief Executive Officer - Effective July 1, 2016

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, and was featured in the June 2016 issue of Forbes Magazine ('Women Business Leaders').

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.

Timothy J. Harlin, ScD, FACHE
Chief Operating and Acceleration Officer

Dr. Tim Harlin joined Denver Health in 2013. He serves as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Acceleration Officer. Prior to joining Denver Health, Mr. Harlin was the Chief Operating Officer of the Hennepin County Medical Center Health System in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Harlin holds a Doctorate of Science from the University of Alabama Birmingham and an MBA in General Management from Emory University.

In addition, Dr. Harlin is overseeing the marketing, communications and public relations functions on an interim basis and is leading a national search to fill the position.

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.

Scott Hoye, JD
General Counsel

Scott Hoye began his career at Denver Health in 1998 as an Assistant General Counsel. Mr. Hoye has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a law degree from Creighton University. Prior to joining Denver Health, Mr. Hoye was with a law firm in private practice and served in the U.S. Army as a military attorney. Mr. Hoye was appointed as General Counsel in 2013 and serves as Secretary to the Denver Health Board of Directors. Mr. Hoye oversees the Legal, Risk Management and Compliance departments at Denver Health.

Thomas MacKenzie, MD, MSPH
Chief Quality Officer

Dr. MacKenzie is a practicing internal medicine physician and is currently the chief quality officer for Denver Health. Tom oversees quality improvement efforts and patient safety across the integrated delivery system. Prior to his appointment as chief quality officer in 2008, as director of internal medicine he managed operations of five ambulatory clinics with volumes totaling about 100,000 visits per year. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.

He completed his BS in chemistry at Colorado College, his MD at the Washington University School of Medicine, and his internal and preventive medicine residencies as well as his MS in public health at University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research interests include development of patient care registries, evidence-based guideline development and implementation, and risk communication and medical decision making.

Connie Savor Price, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Connie Savor Price, MD is the chief medical officer at Denver Health and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Prior to becoming the c hief medical officer, she served as the chief of Infectious Diseases and the medical director of Infection Control and Prevention at Denver Health for 13 years. Dr. Price is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical microbiology. Her research and clinical interest focuses in healthcare epidemiology and methods to prevent and rapidly detect emerging and antimicrobial resistant infections. Dr. Price has a track record of successful federal funding as a Principal Investigator from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has published more than 75 manuscripts and delivered more than 175 lectures on the prevention of healthcare associated infectious diseases and related topics. She is active in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, served in an elected position on the Board of Directors of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and as past chair of the American Society for Microbiology section on Healthcare Epidemiology. Dr Price was the physician representative on the inaugural Colorado Healthcare Associated Infections advisory committee for public reporting of healthcare associated infections for Colorado. She has recognized expertise in outbreak management and has served as a consultant to public health authorities around the world on control of emerging infections, specifically MERS and SARS, as well as Ebola preparedness.

Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH
Associate Director of Denver Public Health
Interim Director of Denver Public Health - Effective July 1, 2016

Dr. Shlay is a dedicated family medicine physician. Before accepting the role of interim director of Denver Public Health in 2016, she served as associate director of Denver Public Health for five years. Dr. Shlay is nationally known for her adolescent health research and award-winning projects on teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, STD and HIV prevention, tobacco prevention and immunizations.

Dr. Shlay received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and has been a physician with Denver Health since 1987.

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.