Lutheran Leadership Team
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President and CEO
Grant Wicklund is president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Grant has more than 25 years of senior-level health care experience. He has worked as a senior corporate executive with broad staff and line responsibility in both tax-exempt and for-profit hospital systems and corporate entities. Grant has significant experience as both a leader and a consultant for health care organizations concerning opportunities in operations, business development, logistics, productivity, cost reduction and labor strategies.
Prior to joining Lutheran, Grant served as interim president and CEO of St. Francis Health Center, an SCL Health hospital in Topeka, Kansas. He also served as senior vice president of Centura Health in Colorado, with 12 acute care hospitals, seven senior living residences, and numerous surgery centers and joint ventures. Grant was responsible for human resources, supply chain and purchasing, and all laboratory and other functions for Centura.
He has served on the board of directors of nine different hospitals, three independent surgery centers and two physician group practices, as well as numerous charitable organizations and one family foundation. Grant currently serves on the board of CEOs Against Cancer and the American Heart Association (AHA). He was the chair of the 2014 AHA Denver Heart Ball and is on the Denver Heart Ball Executive team for 2015. Grant also is a member of the Jefferson County Economic Development Council, the West Chamber, the Lutheran Legacy Fund Community Advisory Board and the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation Board.
The Denver Business Journal recognized Grant as one of the 10 top newsmakers in healthcare in the Denver Business Journal’s Power Book 2013.
Grant received his Bachelor of Science and arts degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Christina Johnson, MD, FACEP
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
As Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Christina (Tina) Johnson oversees Quality, Safety, Risk Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Imaging, Oncology and Cardiovascular Services, Medical Staff Services, Hospitalist Services and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Johnson joined Lutheran as Attending Physician, Emergency Department in 1998 and has extensive knowledge of the hospital and community. Dr. Johnson also has served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department and held multiple ED leadership positions.
Dr. Johnson brings strong leadership skills and abilities to the role of COO. She participated in the Emergency Department Directors Academy of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Johnson has served on and led numerous medical staff committees and clinical improvement programs; she has also served on the Medical Executive Committee and the Clinical Operations Council. She has completed the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Health.
Dr. Johnson received her bachelor's degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She earned her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and completed residency training at the Denver Affiliated Program in Emergency Medicine. She also completed Internal Medicine residency training at the University of California, San Francisco and was board certified in Internal Medicine. In 2009, she was named a 5280 Top Doctor in Emergency Medicine.
Steven Brown, M.D., FACR Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
As Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Steven Brown oversees the overall quality of medical care provided to our patients and guides the safety programs to maximize the safety of the patients under our care. As a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Brown is a key liaison between the medical staff and the hospital administration. He oversees the hospital administrative services that support and enhance the smooth functioning of the medical staff at Lutheran Medical Center. The CMO provides leadership in planning and executing the hospital’s strategic plan, in helping assure financial success, and in the maintenance of accreditation and federal and state regulatory compliance. The CMO plays an important role in promoting the policies and key initiatives of our system, SCL Health.
Dr. Brown arrived at Lutheran in 1986, as a radiologist with Rocky Mountain Radiologists, PC. Over the 30 years since he arrived, he brought many new interventional radiology procedures to the patients at Lutheran. He has also been an active participant in general radiology, neuroradiology, and breast radiology since his arrival. Dr. Brown has maintained successful professional relationships with the diverse medical staff at Lutheran since his arrival. He has previously served on the board of directors, as president, and as treasurer of his prior radiology group.
Dr. Brown brings extensive leadership experience to the CMO role. In addition to the leadership positions he has held with Rocky Mountain Radiologists, he has also served on numerous hospital task forces. Dr. Brown served as the chair of the Department of Medical Imaging during two different decades and also served for three years as the president of the medical staff. He has served as the chair of the Credentials Committee over the last eight years and has also been on the Clinical Operations Council for the last eight years. Dr. Brown is a board director for the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation.
Dr. Brown has also served as president of the Rocky Mountain Radiological Society and as president of the Colorado Radiological Society. He has served as a counselor to the American College of Radiology and in 1997, was elected to fellowship in the American College of Radiology, an honor bestowed on less the ten percent of radiologists in the U.S.
Dr. Brown received his BS degree at Colorado State University and graduated first in his class. He received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and his internship in surgery was performed at the University of Washington. Dr. Brown did his radiology residency at Stanford University Hospital and was the chief resident in his senior year. His fellowship in interventional and neuroradiology was performed at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center where he served fours year on active duty and achieved the rank of major.
Dr. Brown is board certified in diagnostic radiology and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in neuroradiology. He has made numerous professional scientific presentations and has authored a number of peer reviewed medical articles.
Dr. Brown is a third generation Coloradan and lives with his wife in Golden. They have two adult daughters.
Andrea Burch, MS, BSN, RN, CNRN, VP and Chief Nursing Officer
Burch provides strategic direction for nursing quality and safety at Lutheran, and serves as an advocate for staff and patients. She relies on collaborative, authentic leadership that encourages nurses to reach their highest professional potential.
In her nearly 25 years of nursing, Burch has served many nursing roles, from Certified Nursing Assistant to a critical care specialty in neurosciences. She has also served in several leadership roles, managing a variety of departments, initiatives and committees
A registered nurse with a master’s degree in organization leadership, Burch received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Regis University. She is pursuing a Distinguished Leader Executive program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Burch lives in Lafayette with her husband, Dave, their three children, two dogs and a bunny. She enjoys time with family and traveling, as well as human culture and religion across the globe.
James (Jay) Doyle
Chief Financial Officer
James (Jay) Doyle has more than 25 years of healthcare finance experience. His background includes having served as vice president and CEO at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont., and as CFO at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Under Jay’s financial leadership, Lutheran is committed to being accountable and transparent and keeping its strong financial balance. At Lutheran, he oversees all of Finance, as well as Facilities, Environmental Services, and Nutrition Services.
Jay received his bachelor of arts in earth science from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colo., and his master’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Neb.
Scott Day, PHR
Vice President, Human Resources
Scott Day joined Exempla Healthcare in 1996 and has worked throughout the Exempla, now SCL Health, system for Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and Exempla Physician Network, now SCL Physicians. Scott serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Lutheran and is responsible for participating in the design of and delivery of human resource products and services to associates.
Scott is also involved with other departments in a number of projects that will help make a difference in the lives of our patients.
Scott received his bachelor's degree in industrial psychology at Metropolitan State College and continued his education at Webster University where he received his master's degree in human resource administration.
Jennifer Wrona, MBA
Vice President, Strategic Growth
As Vice President for Strategic Growth, Jennifer Wrona leverages her background in hospital service line strategy, development and growth to focus on helping shape and grow volume in Lutheran Medical Center’s existing high-quality service lines. Her responsibilities include identifying new opportunities and developing strategies and tactics to build and grow them. Jennifer also plays a key role in developing the hospital's overall strategic plan, keeping it aligned with the frequent changes in health care delivery today.
Jennifer brings strong skills and experience in strategic planning and analysis and in bringing these plans to successful fruition in challenging markets, with a focus on areas such as surgery, neurosciences, behavioral health and orthopedics and spine.
Jennifer has served at a previous organization as assistant vice president of Neurosciences, providing strategic planning and service line and program development. She also has held leadership roles at other local hospitals and health care organizations. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University and earned her MBA from Colorado State University. Jennifer is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Colorado Healthcare Association. She has extensive volunteer experience, having served, among others, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Carol Salzmann, RN
Vice President, Community and Government Affairs
In Carol’s role as Vice President of Community and Government Affairs, she stewards business, community, government and civic relationships focused on community health improvement. Carol’s previous experience includes critical care nursing, business development, nurse consulting, marketing and communications. She attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in Nursing from Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing where she continued to practice before joining Lutheran in 1978.
Carol is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and serves on Congressman Perlmutter’s Healthcare Advisory Board. She is a past Nightingale Nominee and a 2013 Outstanding Woman in Jefferson County Honoree.
Deb Roybal, RN MS PhD
Vice President, Mission Integration and Sponsorship
Deb Roybal joined SCL Health in 2015 as the VP of Mission Integration. In 2016, she became the Regional VP, Mission Integration, for the South Denver market. With more than 24 years of experience in healthcare, Deb brings a blend of clinical and leadership skills to the work of mission integration. In this role, she develops and implements programs that enhance virtuous leadership and a culture of excellence, patient satisfaction, and associate engagement as well as community health improvement programs. She is also responsible for Catholic identity, organizational and clinical ethics, and spiritual care.
Deb’s background includes detailed philosophical and applied knowledge of Catholic moral and intellectual traditions, and extensive knowledge of Catholic health care ethics. Before coming to SCL Health, she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Healthcare Ethics at Regis University in Denver, where she was actively involved in mission integration and formation of students and colleagues.
Her clinical background as a Registered Nurse includes pediatrics, medical, and mother/baby with more than 5 years as a labor and delivery nurse at Lutheran Medical Center. Deb completed a PhD in Human Services with an emphasis Health Services Administration from Capella University in May 2016. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from Regis University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She currently services as a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Operations Director, Quality & Excellence
Noomi Hirsch supports the organization’s strive toward excellence through innovation and process improvement. She leads the Quality team, consisting of Risk Management, Patient Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Patient Advocacy, Infection Prevention and Quality Data analysis. She also oversees Performance Improvement, Discharge Navigators, Care Management and Clinical Informatics as well as Pharmacy.
Noomi joined Lutheran in 2011, serving as Performance Improvement Specialist and then Quality Director before being named to her current position. She brings strong process Improvement and quality leadership perspectives to the leadership team, assisting the organization in keeping a step ahead of the frequent changes in healthcare.
Noomi earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, where she grew up. She has a Black Belt in Six Sigma, has completed numerous successful Lean projects and developed several Lean education modules.
Executive Director, West Pines Behavioral Health
Dr. Most oversees all inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services at West Pines and Lutheran, including Senior Behavioral Health. He previously worked at a number of facilities in the Denver Metro area, including the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, the Denver Veteran’s Administration and the Aurora Mental Health Center.
Before moving to Colorado from New York in 1994, Dr. Most worked at the New York Hospital;-Cornell Medical Center. He has been a strong advocate for those who cope with behavioral health issues and has served on numerous boards and councils. In 2015, he was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the State Innovation Model Advisory Board.
Dr. Most holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and a Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University.