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CHA Appoints Chris Tholen as Vice President of Financial Policy and Chief Financial Officer

Date Jan. 2, 2013
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. (Jan. 2, 2013) — The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) today announced the hiring of Chris Tholen as its new vice president of financial policy and chief financial officer. Tholen assumes his new role at CHA this week.

Tholen joins CHA from Kaiser Permanente, where he spent more than four years as a senior manager within the health plan’s Colorado region and later as executive director of regions outside California. Tholen led a team of 22 employees across six regions and was responsible for Medicare contracts oversight, financial forecasting, cost accounting and other duties.

Previously, Tholen worked at the Mayo Clinic from 2001 to 2008 in a variety of financial management roles. He began his career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and also worked at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Tholen holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from St. Cloud State University; he also passed the Certified Public Accountancy exam in 1997.

“We are thrilled to have Chris joining our executive leadership, and believe his financial expertise and experience will serve CHA and our members well,” said CHA President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Summer. “Colorado hospitals and health systems have many fiscal challenges ahead of them in the health care reform era, and with Chris joining our team, we are better positioned to assist them on this journey.”

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.