Meet our senior leadership team at The Denver Hospice.

The Denver Hospice is guided by a senior leadership 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, President & CEO

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.

Melinda Egging, CHC - Interim President

Melinda Egging, CHC, has been named Interim President of The Denver Hospice and its palliative care program, Optio Health Services, succeeding Janelle McCallum, a long-time nurse leader who left The Denver Hospice on August 17 after a 25+-year career with the region’s oldest and largest end-of-life care and advanced care provider.

Four leading front-range not-for-profit hospice providers—The Denver Hospice, Halcyon Hospice, Pathways and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care—have come together under the Care Synergy umbrella to create a care delivery model that is better and more efficient than any single provider could build.

With 15 years of progressive experience with not-for-profit hospices in Colorado, Melinda is responsible for administration and supervision of all day-to-day organizational services and operations for The Denver Hospice and Optio health Services, including mission fulfillment, the 24-bed Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, Palliative Care, The Grief Center for adults and children, Quality and Education, Finance, Business Development & Strategy, and Human Resources.

Melinda was promoted to Care Synergy from her position as Director of Quality and Compliance for The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services, founding members of Care Synergy (formerly Comfort Bridge). In that role she led development and measurement of quality standards, oversaw process improvement initiatives and supervised the quality, education and health information departments. She began her career at The Denver Hospice as Health Information Regulatory Manager, where she was responsible for regulatory oversight of hospice and home health services. In that position Melinda led the successful transition from paper charting to electronic record management.

Prior to The Denver Hospice, Melinda served as Chief Compliance Officer/Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement for Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care, a multi-site hospice provider headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado. While at Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care, Melinda was a key member of the team that opened the organization’s first inpatient hospice unit and she led the effort to attain accreditation by CHAP, the Community Health Accreditation Program, the national, independent accrediting body for community-based healthcare providers.

Melinda received her B.S. in Business Industrial Psychology from Troy University, Troy, Alabama. She is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board and has a Healthcare Risk Management Certificate from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Melinda is a member of the American Health Information Management Association and the Healthcare Compliance Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies and on the Regulatory Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, D.C.

Sean M. Goergen - Vice President of Development

Sean GeorgenSean 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.

Susan Lasker Hertz, RN, MSN - Director of Hospice Services

Susan LaskerSusan 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.

Shirlee Turner, MD - Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Shirlee TurnerDr. 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.

Dean Fernandez - Director of Admissions & Customer Service
Dawn Darvalics - Director of Quality & Compliance
Dennis Rodriguez - Director of Provider Relations
Kayla Arnesen - Director of Marketing