DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Denver Health and Hospital Authority Board of Directors announced that Donna Lynne, DrPH, will be the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead Denver Health.
“We are confident that Donna’s extensive operational and leadership experience, her deep connections to our Colorado communities, and her passion for our mission as a safety net hospital make her the right fit for this role,” said Patricia Dean, president of Denver Health and the hospital administration’s board of directors. “The board is delighted that following our extensive national search, we have identified the right leader who shares our deep commitment to improving the health of our patients and our communities and to providing care for all, regardless of ability to pay.
Currently, Lynne is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she leads administrative functions and strategic initiatives. She also led the university’s COVID-19 response and policies.
Lynne brings decades of experience as a senior healthcare executive and public servant. She led health policy reform and implementation as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2016-2019. Previously, she held leadership positions with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, including leading strategy and business plans as president of the Colorado region from 2005 to 2016.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the next CEO of Denver Health,” Lynne said. “I look forward to returning to Colorado and continuing to build on Denver Health’s deep legacy and safety net mission in the community. Access to high-quality, local healthcare has never been more important, and I look forward to the opportunity to advance Denver Health during a pivotal time in healthcare.
Lynne was listed among modern health care Top 25 Women in Healthcare and has been recognized with the University of Colorado Denver’s Distinguished Coloradan Award, Project CURE’s Health Care Hero Award and more. She serves on the board of the Colorado Healing Fund and History Colorado, and has previously served on the boards of Building a Better Colorado, the Colorado Education Initiative, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and others. .
Current Denver Health CEO Robin Wittenstein will retire from Denver Health at the end of August.
About Denver Health
Denver Health is a comprehensive health and hospital system that provides high quality care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We provide medical care to one-third of Denver’s population, proudly serving as the city’s safety net hospital and providing preventive, primary and acute care services.
For more than 160 years, Denver Health has been deeply rooted in the health and well-being of the community, providing high-quality clinical care, top-notch education and training to healthcare workers, and advancing essential research. for the benefit of our patients. We are guided by our mission to serve our community with excellence, compassion and stewardship as we strive to ensure that all people have access to the care and programs they need to be happy, healthy and successful.