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SCLHS Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

September 07, 2011
LENEXA, KAN., and DENVER – Sept. 7 – Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS), a faith-based, not-for-profit, mission-driven health care organization, today announced four executive leadership appointments. Bob Ladenburger assumes the role of SCLHS Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations in addition to his role as President and CEO of Exempla Healthcare. In this new position, Bob will provide operations leadership to the 11 SCLHS care sites and to Mount Saint Vincent Home. Prior to joining Exempla, which is a member of SCLHS, Bob served as President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., and held several health care administrative positions, including President and CEO of St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Mont., and at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. He received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas, and his master’s in business administration from the University of Utah. Richard T. Lopes, MD, has been named Senior Vice President, Health Networks. In this newly created position, he will develop and implement a strategy to establish Accountable Health Networks in each community SCLHS serves, including the development of physician alignment plans and practice management support services, as well as growing ambulatory and home care services. For the past year, Rick served as Senior Vice President at WellStar Health System and President, WellStar Medical Group. His prior experience included leadership positions with Catholic Health Initiatives and Catholic Healthcare West. He earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia, a medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of Business at Arizona State University. Sharon Owens has been appointed Vice President, Corporate Controller, a newly created role that will oversee the combined SCLHS and Exempla accounting and financial reporting functions. Sharon has served in the SCLHS ministry since 2002, most recently as the Director of Finance/Controller and Vice President of Financial Operations. Prior to SCLHS, Sharon served in various leadership roles with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and worked in public accounting and consulting with KPMG. Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is currently completing her master’s degree in business administration at the University of St. Mary. Terry Weinburger will serve as SCLHS System Vice President, Mission Integration, providing strategic direction in leading the integration of the SCLHS Mission, Values and Vision into SCLHS culture, structure, policies, programs, practices and communications. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President, Mission Services for Community Mercy Health Partners. His previous experience includes organization consulting with Right Management Consultants as well as 25 years prior operational experience in health care with numerous faith-based organizations, including St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction and Trinity Health in Novi, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University and also has a master’s degree in rehabilitation administration from De Paul University.