Colorado Hospital Association Elects New Officers and Board Members

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO.  – Sept. 15, 2017 – The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) added a wealth of new talent and perspectives to the CHA Board of Trustees at an election held during the Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Vail.

Frank May, CEO, Yampa Valley Medical Center (Steamboat Springs), will serve as the 2018 Chairman of the CHA Board of Trustees. Jena Hausmann, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital (Aurora), was selected as Chairman-Elect. Kevin Unger, president and CEO of Medical Center of the Rockies (Loveland) and Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins), will continue in the role of Secretary/Treasurer.

“The Colorado Hospital Association relies greatly on the leadership and guidance of its Board of Trustees, so we are pleased to add these talented leaders and their health care knowledge,” said CHA president and CEO Steven J. Summer. “Their insights are critical to helping guide CHA and Colorado’s hospitals and health systems through a time of great change in the delivery of health care.”

CHA also welcomed the following new Board members:

  • Margo Karsten, CEO, Banner Health, Northern Colorado
  • Jamie Smith, president, Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver)
  • John Tucker, CEO, Mt. San Rafael Hospital (Trinidad)

The following Board members were reappointed for an additional three-year term:

  • Elicia Bunch, CEO, Centennial Peaks Hospital (Louisville)
  • Rob Santilli, CEO, Gunnison Valley Health (Gunnison)
  • Sheri Trahern, CEO, St. Thomas More Hospital (Canon City)
  • Debbie Farrell, Chairman of the Board, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (Salida)

About the Colorado Hospital Association

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado. Learn more at

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