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Executive Leadership

Robin D. Wittenstein, Ed.D., FACHE
Chief Executive Officer

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Robin D. Wittenstein, Ed.D., FACHE, joined Denver Health in 2017 with more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, serving communities through a variety of leadership roles in various settings, including an academic medical center and safety net hospital.

Prior to leading Denver Health, Wittenstein was Chief Population Health Officer (CPHO) at Penn State Health, where she oversaw the health care system’s network of clinics and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania. She was Penn State Health’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) for five years prior to the CPHO appointment. Before that, Wittenstein was the president and CEO of University Hospital and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, where she was responsible for strategic direction, operation and financial management and quality performance for the 519-bed medical center.

She held various roles within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS), including Vice President for Continuing Care, Vice President and COO of the NSLIJHS Research Institute and COO of Staten Island University Hospital. Wittenstein also spent five years working with Tenet South Florida Health Systems.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, her MBA in health administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate of education from George Washington University. Wittenstein has served on numerous hospital alliance, health care and research foundation coalition boards, and chairs an interest committee of biomedical research in New York.

Rob Borland
Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Rob Borland  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

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. Dr. Burman was the interim chief executive officer at Denver Health for nine months from 2016-2017.

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').

Charlie Crevling
Executive Director Denver Health Medical Plan

Mr. Crevling joined Denver Health in 2016. He brought extensive financial management experience to Denver Health during a time of change for the Denver Health Medical Plan. Prior to Denver Health, Mr. Crevling served as Chief Financial Officer for Vail Valley Medical Center. Mr. Crevling has filled many high-level financial roles and has served on several Boards of Directors in healthcare organizations across Colorado, including University of Colorado Hospital, Panorama Orthopedics, Vail Valley Medical Center and Exempla SCL. Mr. Crevling graduated from the University of Colorado in 2007 with a MBA in Healthcare Administration.

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.

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.

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.