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SCL Health System expands bench strength with senior leadership appointments

September 26, 2012

Media Contact:  
Christine Woolsey
Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

Four new executive appointments strengthen health system’s expertise

DENVER — Sept. 26, 2012 – SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health network, announces four new executive appointments at its system headquarters in Denver.

“As we continue to establish our system services hub in Denver, we have made critical additions to our executive team,” says Michael Slubowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, SCL Health System. “I’m pleased to welcome four new leaders who demonstrate our commitment to providing high-value services to our hospitals. This team is charged with overseeing unified services that are delivered to our entire health network.”

The new executive appointments include:

- John Byrnes, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As the CMO, Dr. Byrnes will oversee quality, safety and clinical regulatory matters throughout the organization. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer at Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to his 10 years with Spectrum, he held senior executive positions at some of the nation’s leading health care systems — including Sharp HealthCare, Catholic Healthcare West and Lovelace Health Systems.

- Joanne Davidson as Vice President, Chief Integrity and Compliance Officer. In this role, Joanne will have responsibility for the health system’s integrity and compliance program as well as the physician contracting process. Davidson is an attorney who brings extensive compliance and health law experience. Previously, she was Operations Counsel for the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Continental Division, based in Denver, and she served as the Ethics and Compliance Officer for Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver.

- Robert Fries as Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Decision Support. In this newly created position, Fries will serve as a key resource and strategic business partner in overseeing financial analysis and decision support functions for the health system and its hospitals. Fries brings 20 years of experience in organizational design, governance, financial planning, program planning, business development, compensation planning, and operations assessment and improvement. Most recently, Fries served as Senior Manager with ECG Management Consultants in Boston, one of the nation’s premier health care management consulting firms.

- Roslund Fisher McLeod as Vice President, General Counsel – Operations. In this newly created position, McLeod will have daily operational control of legal services supporting all system hospitals and operations, as well as oversight of all regional operations counsel. McLeod comes to SCL Health System with extensive and diverse experience in health care law. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Biogen Idec in Weston, Mass. 

About SCL Health System

SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.