Hospital CEO's

Jennifer Alderfer

Jennifer Alderfer

North Suburban Medical Center

Jennifer Alderfer is the President and Chief Executive Officer at North Suburban Medical Center and has been with HCA/HealthONE since 2000. She was promoted in April 2010 from the North Suburban Medical Center Chief Operating Officer role, a leadership position she held since 2006. Prior positions include Associate Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora North Campus, as well as Administrative Fellow and Associate Administrator at HCA’s Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Active in the community, Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Committee of the Colorado Health Administration Alumni Association. Jennifer is board certified in Healthcare Administration and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned her Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees at the University of Colorado – Denver.

She is married, the mother of two daughters and a son, and enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and motorcycle riding with her family.

Ken Feiler

Ken Feiler

Rose Medical Center

Ken Feiler is the CEO at Rose Medical Center and has been with HCA since 1994. Before coming to Colorado, Ken served as CEO for Northwest Medical Center in Florida. Ken began his career in hospital administration in 1980 as the associate administrator with the American Hospital of Miami.

Ken holds a masters in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University as well as a graduate degree in Psychology from State University of New York. His professional associations include serving as a board member for ADL, Shalom Park Nursing Home, and Young Americans Bank. Ken is married and has two children, Melyssa and Jacob. He enjoys golf, tennis, running, photography, and gardening.

Richard Hammett

Richard Hammett

Swedish Medical Center

Richard has been an integral part of the leadership team at HCA’s St. David’s Medical Center, serving as Chief Operating Officer and as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he served for two years as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for St. David’s HealthCare and the HCA Central and West Texas Division. Richard has supported numerous strategic, clinical and operational initiatives that have helped St. David’s Medical Center achieve the best clinical, service and financial metrics in its history. He also led the establishment of and has provided ongoing leadership for two of their Centers of Excellence—Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and NeuroTexas Institute.

Before going to Austin, he served 10 years with Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in a variety of roles, including Administrator and Vice President for Care Operations for the large, 347-bed flagship hospital.

Richard has master’s degrees in health administration as well as business administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

He and his wife, Amy, have three children – Kate, 6; Emma, 3; and Jack, 2. They are very excited about their move to Colorado and joining The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza family.

Mark Deno

Mark Deno

Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital

Mark Deno was named the chief executive officer of Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital in September 2014. Since 2012, Deno served as CEO of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington, Texas, an 85-bed inpatient acute rehabilitation hospital. Among other accomplishments, under Deno’s strategic leadership the hospital achieved four disease specific certifications in stroke, hip fracture, cardiac and pulmonary. The hospital experienced significant improvement in rehab outcome performance, moving to the 90th percentile in the nation, and pioneered numerous turn-key regional "best practices".

Deno continues to emphasize the hospital’s mission of Rebuilding Lives Renewing Hope for patients who suffer from brain injury, stroke, amputation and more. With more than eight years of experience in healthcare management in both Colorado and Texas, Deno has demonstrated a commitment to growth, and clinical excellence.

Maureen Tarrant

Maureen Tarrant

Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Maureen Tarrant is the President and CEO of HealthONE/HCA Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital.

Prior to being named to this position, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sky Ridge Medical Center, which opened on August 2003 in Lone Tree, Colorado. With more than 25 years of healthcare management experience, Maureen was promoted to CEO of Sky Ridge in 2001 from her position as HealthONE Vice President for Strategic and Administrative Services. As CEO of a new hospital, she was instrumental in the planning, design and development, construction and management of Sky Ridge, which has become the most successful start-up hospital in HCA’s history.

Under her leadership, Sky Ridge has become a destination facility earning center of excellence credentials from the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the US, for its stroke, spine, total hip and top knee programs. Sky Ridge has also been named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures for three consecutive years by the Joint Commission as well as one of the top 20 most beautiful hospitals in America by Soliant Health. In addition, the hospital was ranked #1 in safety among Denver area hospitals by Consumer Reports.

Sky Ridge opened with 106 beds, 300 employees and one Medical Office Building. During its first 11 years, Maureen opened a second Medical Office Building, built out two shelled patient floors for cardiac care and orthopedics, expanded the Intensive Care Unit, created a dedicated Spine & Total Joint Center, opened a highly successful cardiac rehab program and launched a wound care center with hyperbaric chamber.

Over the past 18 months, Maureen has led a $117 million expansion at Sky Ridge that will add 90 more medical/surgical beds to its current 186, four more Spine & Total Joint Center operating rooms, a Women’s Hospital project spanning two floors and a 1000-space parking garage. The project is expected to be completed fall. The campus will soon be home to nearly 300 beds with more than 1200 employees and 1400 credentialed physicians. Groundbreaking has also begun on a third Medical Office Building.

Active in the community, Maureen is the past chair of the Colorado Hospital Association, a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board, past chair and previous board member of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership and a board member of the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, to name a few. In 2004, Maureen was presented with the prestigious Visionary Award from CREW Denver, the local organization of Commercial Real Estate Women, for her commitment to change the face of patient care and economic expansion in south metro Denver. In 2014, she received the Alumni of Distinction award from the State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta.

Maureen received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University and her BA in political science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta. She and her husband, John, also a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, live in Denver. They have two grown children.

Mark Deno

Dan Miller

The Medical Center of Aurora

Dan moved from COO at Swedish Medical Center to CEO of TMCA. This position is a reflection of the results he has achieved including the opening of a new Burn Critical Care Unit and Outpatient Clinic. Dan also lead the development of the comprehensive cancer program allowing Swedish Medical Center to become the 3rd hospital in the country to be pancreatic cancer accredited and the 5th in the country to be lung cancer accredited by The Joint Commission. Additionally, Dan has implemented multiple neurosciences expansions, OR projects and Women’s Services renovations.

Dan took on the CEO role after 12 years with HCA serving in various administrative roles. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Masters of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

At TMCA, Dan oversees the medical center’s four campuses, which include two freestanding ERs, and an array of services, including a Level II Trauma Center, the Rocky Mountain Heart Institute with two accredited Chest Pain Centers and a new TAVR program starting in late October, the Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center, and HealthONE Behavioral Health Services, which will include a new adolescent unit opening in 2016, among other services. Licensed for 346 beds, TMCA has 1,600 employees, over 900 physicians and cares for over 150,000 patients annually.

The Medical Center of Aurora has twice received Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® (2008, 2013), was named the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), received recognition as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission (2013, 2014)and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to be recognized by the Emergency Nurses Association with a Lantern Award for excellence in emergency room care (2013).


Susan Hicks

Sky Ridge Medical Center

“Susan has been an integral member of the Executive Team at Sky Ridge since the hospital opened in 2003,” said Sylvia Young, HealthONE CEO.  “She has been a major contributor to its success as well as its superior results in patient safety and satisfaction. We are excited to have Susan at the helm at Sky Ridge as she leads one of our flagship hospitals into its next decade.  She has been instrumental in developing comprehensive programs in neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiology, stroke and surgery, to name a few. The Sky Ridge team and its medical staff have given her leadership, clinical depth and business acumen a resounding vote of confidence.”

Prior to joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, Susan was the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and VP of Patient Care Services at Rose Medical Center for six years, where she was responsible for the operations of all patient care services. She previously held a number of key leadership posts, including Director of Surgical Services, at Rose. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and looks forward to bringing this perspective to her position.