President & Chief Executive Officer
Ryan Simpson has been in hospital leadership roles for over 20 years and is currently Chief Executive Officer for HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), including its Main Campus, North Campus, Centennial Medical Center and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been with HealthONE since 2011, first as Chief Operating Officer at TMCA, before moving into the COO role at Swedish Medical Center in January 2017. In October 2018, he returned to TMCA in the CEO role.
During his time at Swedish, he was instrumental in relocating Colorado's largest urology practice to the facility, resulting in a 40% increase in robotic surgeries. He led over $80 million in construction projects that included building a new hybrid OR, a cath lab expansion, and a surgical robotics OR expansion. He also led tactics that improved physician engagement to top-decile performance in HCA.
During his earlier time as COO at TMCA, Ryan led numerous development, construction and renovation projects across campuses totaling over $70 million. Among the projects were the renovation of TMCA's perioperative services, intensive care unit, emergency departments, Saddle Rock ER, and the establishment of a behavioral health campus.
Prior to joining HealthONE, Mr. Simpson served in HCA's Nashville market as Chief Operating Officer for The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and TriStar Oncology Services. Prior to that, he was with Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) in the chief operations role. In addition to general hospital operations at MTMC, he led the planning, programming, and construction of a $300 million replacement facility. Prior to joining MTMC, he was with Baptist Health System of East Tennessee in Knoxville for nine years.
Upon graduating with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Birmingham-Southern College, he spent two years in the banking industry in Birmingham, Alabama before attending graduate school. Mr. Simpson received his MBA and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and is currently chairman of the Aurora (CO) Chamber of Commerce.
Hallie Woods, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Hallie Woods is the Chief Operating Officer of HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), including its Main Campus, North Campus, Centennial Medical Center (CMC) and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Her responsibilities include overseeing the integrated operations of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and executive oversight over several hospital departments.
Ms. Woods' tenure with HCA Healthcare/HealthONE began in 2011 at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center where she served in various roles including Director of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Cardiovascular Services.
Ms. Woods joined The Medical Center of Aurora's team in April 2016 as the Associate Chief Operating Officer, a position that was part of HCA's Chief Operating Officer Development Program. Her responsibilities included oversight for the departments of Radiology, Pharmacy, Therapies, and Plant Operations. Ms. Woods was accepted into HCA Healthcare's COO Development Program in August 2016. Upon graduating from the Program the following May, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
Ms. Woods joined The Medical Center of Aurora's team in April 2016 as the Associate Chief Operating Officer. Her responsibilities included oversight for the departments of Radiology, Pharmacy, Therapies, and Facilities and Construction. She was promoted to Vice President of Operations in August 2017 after graduating from the COO Development Program.
In 2018, Ms. Woods took the role of lead executive over the Centennial Medical Center campus expansion project, which broke ground in March 2019. While at CMC, Ms. Woods worked with her team to bring new provider groups to the campus, collaborated with city leaders for growth opportunities, and led the $85 million capital construction project, which will eventually be the first full-service hospital in Centennial. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.
Bryce Dehaven, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Bryce Dehaven has nearly 30 years of financial leadership experience, with over 25 of those years in the HCA Healthcare system. Before joining the Medical Center of Aurora in July 2013, Bryce served as CFO at 3 other HCA Facilities in Independence, MI, San Jose, CA, and most recently at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC), a 297-bed facility in Jacksonville, FL.
Bryce completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, and received his Master in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. He previously served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and is currently a member of the Texas State Society of CPA’s. Locally, Bryce serves on the Aurora Health Access Board of Directors, a regional group focused on improving access to healthcare within the community of Aurora.
Bryce has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health, most prominently as the Co-Founder of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. Bryce and his wife, Susan have 3 children and reside in Greenwood Village, CO.
Phil Stahel, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Phil Stahel is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior to joining The Medical Center of Aurora, Dr. Stahel was the CMO at North Suburban Medical Center from October 2017 through February 2020. He was the previous chair of the Orthopedic Department at Denver Health.
A triple-board-certified European trauma surgeon, Dr. Stahel trained at the University Hospital of Zurich and University Hospital of Berne, Switzerland. Dr. Stahel accomplished a research fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and worked as a trauma surgeon at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany. He is also a graduate from the HCA Physician Leadership Academy in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Stahel is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Patient Safety in Surgery and the editor of multiple textbooks in the field of patient safety, including “Patient Safety in Surgery” (2014), “Blood, Sweat and Tears – Becoming a Better Surgeon” (2016), and “Surgical Patient Safety: A case-based approach” (2018).
His hobbies include running, reading, writing, skiing, and sailing.
Dr. Stahel also enjoys playing the electric guitar and he is a proud inaugural member of the legendary HCA CMO rock band “Skyward” (2019).
Jennette Bergstrom, MSN, RN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Jennette Bergstrom, MSN, BSN, RN joined The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) in January 2021 as Associate Chief Nursing Officer. Jennette has been a registered nurse for 34 years. She earned her Master of Science in Nurse Administration from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
At TMCA, Jennette’s responsibilities include: emergency services, oncology, orthopedics, neuro trauma and women’s services. She is focused on all things patient and family centered, including patient experience, quality and safety and nursing operations.
Jennette has extensive nursing leadership experience. Previously, she successfully opened three acute care hospitals, and a free-standing emergency department.
Jennette is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, American College of Healthcare Executives, Emergency Nursing Association and the American Nurses Association. She attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Denver Metro Regional Nightingale committee and had served two years on the Colorado Board of Nurse Leaders.
Jennette is married to Jeff, her best friend for 30 years and has two grown daughters and a brand-new puppy, Harper. Her passion is the profession of nursing and her calling to serve.
Jacalyn DeHarte, RN, BSN, PCCN-K, NEBC
Associate Chief Nursing Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
Jacalyn DeHarte, RN, BSN, PCCN-K, NEBC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, joined The Medical Center of Aurora in May 2010 as a floor nurse on the progressive care unit. She also served as Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Manager, and Director in Cardiovascular Services. Jacalyn has been a registered nurse for 14 years and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
At TMCA, Jacalyn’s responsibilities include: critical care, float pool, special care unit, express admit unit, clinical resource nurses, house supervisors, progressive care unit, and telemetry. She is focused on empowering all staff to practice to the top of their profession to best provide high-quality, patient-centered care.
Jacalyn is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Jacalyn was recognized as a Healthcare Hero in 2020 by the Colorado Hospital Association.
Jacalyn has the best support system in her husband of 12 years and her 3 young children.
Cindy Meyer, MSSW
Chief Operating Officer, Behavioral Health Services
Cindy Meyer is the Chief Operating Officer of Behavioral Health Services at TMCA’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center. In her role Meyer leads operations at TMCA’s behavioral health campus as well as behavioral health services across the HealthONE system. Under Meyer’s leadership, TMCA plans to expand their behavioral health services into the Centennial area and has future plans to add a number of new services across the Denver market.
Cindy previously served in the role of Chief Administrative Officer of Behavioral Health Services where she led significant program development and improvement in care for behavioral health patients, including the expansion of services to include an inpatient adolescent program and numerous partial hospitalization and outpatient programs and services. Meyer also led an important initiative to engage the Aurora community through partnering with Aurora Public Schools for consultative services and engaging in the development of a pilot program to integrate behavioral health services more into the community’s primary care physician offices.
Cindy came to TMCA in early 2016 from a leadership role as a Regional Vice President of behavioral health services in HCA’s Capital Division. In her role as RVP, Meyer oversaw the operations of 340 psychiatric beds in over 11 HCA hospitals and was instrumental in developing new services for patients in numerous communities. The programs that Meyer oversaw received multiple awards and recognitions from their communities.
Vice President, Human Resources
Katie Weihe joined The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital as Vice President of Human Resources in May 2018. Prior to this, Katie worked as the Human Resources Director for the Sales and Marketing Teams in the West Division of Comcast. She has worked in Human Resources her entire career, having held positions in HealthONE and the Colorado Department of Transportation. She has vast experience in all HR-related functions including employee relations, compensation, talent development, and training.
Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from Regis University. She graduated as a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society. Katie also has her Professional of Human Resources certification and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She is Prosci Change Management Certified and is an Insights Discovery Practitioner.
Katie, the mother of two rambunctious boys, lives in Aurora with her husband Matt and their dog Rufus. She is an avid runner who participates in many races throughout the year. Katie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Vice President, Business Development
Alexandra Hoffman is the Vice President of Business Development for The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Ms. Hoffman came to TMCA/Spalding from HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Continental Division where she served in the Director of Business Development role, supporting HealthONE's Denver, CO and Wichita, KS markets.
Ms. Hoffman joined HealthONE's Continental Division team in 2017. During her tenure there, she made significant contributions to HealthONE and the Continental Division's Business Development team. She led the establishment of the Division's first rural employed physician practice in Fairplay, CO, a unique public-private partnership. She also assisted in the development and regional expansion of the HealthONE footprint. Ms. Hoffman served as executive sponsor for HealthONE's Surgical Robotics Service Line, leading to 23% year-over-year volume growth. She comes to TMCA with expertise in strategic affiliations, physician alignment and investment, and service line growth.
Ms. Hoffman graduated from Virginia Tech and earned her Master's in Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. She is an active member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce and is currently part of the Leadership Aurora Development Program through the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.