The Denver Hospice is guided by an executive team committed to developing world-class caregivers with the skills and spirit to fulfill our mission to encircle those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels of comfort, compassion and expertise. Our leaders draw upon a rich diversity of experience in corporate and not-for-profit health care organizations to ensure organizational strength, stability, flexibility and purpose, now and in the future.Tim Bowen - President and CEO Care Synergy, CEO The Denver Hospice
Tim Bowen brings nearly 30 years of hospice experience to his position as President and CEO of Care Synergy. Formed by Front Range not-for-profit hospices in 2014, Care Synergy’s integrated model ensures care delivery that is more comprehensive, efficient and agile—a critical difference in today’s operating environment. Under Tim’s leadership, Care Synergy members—The Denver Hospice & Optio Health Services, Pathways in Fort Collins, Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care in Mead and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in Colorado Springs—are better able to meet Colorado’s needs for quality, compassionate end-of-life care at the community level.
Tim came to Care Synergy in February 2015 after 15 years as President of Haven Hospice, a large community-based hospice and palliative care provider serving 18 urban and rural counties in North Florida. Under Tim’s guidance, Haven Hospice significantly expanded tis care depth and geographic coverage, earning it the prestigious Circle of Life Award for excellence and innovation from the American Hospital Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Tim began his career as a medical social worker and progressed in management and leadership positions with both not-for-profit and for-profit hospice providers at local, regional and national levels. An active leader and hospice advocate throughout his career, Tim co-founded the National Hospice Executive Roundtable, a cadre of chief executives from the nation’s leading not-for-profit hospices. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of San Diego.
A seasoned hospice leader who began her career as a bedside nurse, Janelle McCallum serves as President of both The Denver Hospice, Colorado’s largest and one of its oldest end-of-life care organizations, and Optio Health Services, a palliative care service that provides pain and symptom management in patient’s homes. Janelle is currently responsible for administration and supervision of all organizational services and operations for The Denver Hospice. Janelle was instrumental in the planning and opening of the Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, launching of the palliative care service and developing innovative training and development programs for clinical staff. Before joining The Denver Hospice, she served as Director of Nursing for another legacy hospice provider in metro Denver.
Janelle’s contributions as a nursing advocate and leader have earned her numerous recognitions. In 2010, she was awarded the Spirit of Hospice Award from the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, and in 2012, that group’s President’s Award. In 2013, during her tenure as Chief Operating and Quality Officer, The Denver Hospice won the Circle of Life Award. This prestigious honor is presented annually by the American Hospital Association and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to recognize innovative palliative and end-of-life care by hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities and other direct care providers.
Janelle obtained a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Regis University, Denver, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Sean Goergen brings a passion for healthcare and a unique understanding of the value of philanthropy and community support to his position as Vice President of Development for The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services. In his role, Sean oversees development of The Denver Hospice’s fundraising strategies and all aspects of the organization’s multi-channel development activities. Although he has spent the last 15 years progressing through a variety of management and leadership positions in healthcare development, Sean began his professional career as a social worker, where he witnessed first hand the strong bonds between philanthropic support and the mission fulfillment activities of dedicated healthcare providers. Sean’s focus has been on annual gifts, major gifts and planned giving.
His past experience includes Aurora Healthcare, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Round-Up River Ranch and Centura Health. Sean is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Denver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and he is active in a number of other professional fundraising organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Denver’s Regis University and is a graduate of Denver University’s Institute for Leaders in Development.
Keri Jaeger, Chief of Business Strategy and Business Development, is responsible for leading the overall growth of the business, including hospice and non-hospice services. She also oversees sales and marketing, community outreach activities and public relations. Keri has more than 20 years’ experience in health care, developing models for acute health care and community transitional care. Keri came to The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services from Centura Health, where she was Administrator of Business Development for St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO.
Bruce Kemper is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a long-time nursing and healthcare professional. For nearly 40 years, he has developed expertise in acute and post-acute care for a wide range of patients, including pediatric and elderly patients. Over the past 20 years, he has led care teams providing high-quality hospice and home-based health care in both urban and rural communities. Bruce joined The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services in 2014, working with all support divisions and overseeing palliative care teams. His commitment to in-home care began in rural Vermont, where he helped serve chronically ill, ventilator-dependent children and adults. Bruce has applied his passion and skills to extension work in Chicago, New Mexico and now Colorado, his home state.
Susan Lasker Hertz has served as the Director of Hospice Services for 10 years, leading operations at the Inpatient Care Center at Lowry as well as for hospice care provided in patient homes and other facilities. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A registered nurse for the past 35 years, Susan’s experience encompasses oncology nursing, oncology/BMT administration and hospice and palliative care.She is also certified as an Advanced Oncology Nurse and Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Susan is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter, a national nursing honor society, and a 2011 recipient of the annual Spirit of Hospice Award from the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been a featured speaker nationally and locally, addressing issues ranging from oncology/hospice nursing to leadership and process improvement in the health care field. A frequent author of oncology-related articles, she co-authored chapters in the 1st and 2nd editions of Nursing Management, Principles and Practice.
Dr. Shirlee Turner serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of The Denver Hospice. She was promoted to the post in 2015 after serving as Medical Director of The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, the area’s only dedicated inpatient hospice center. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Turner is responsible for The Denver Hospice’s clinical programs, working closely with palliative care and hospice staff, department directors and physicians to ensure the highest standards of quality and service are maintained.
Dr. Turner’s career in health care has included service as the Regional Medical Director for Optum Health and as a Medical Director for Shalom Cares, Shalom Hospice/Palliative Care and Shalom Home Health Services. She previously held a variety of staff physician appointments in family practice and urgent care in Colorado and California. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as well as Family Practice.
Dr. Turner is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Medical Directors Association and Colorado Medical Directors Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Fisk University and her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, both in Nashville. After medical school, Dr. Turner served as a General Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.