• Avista Hospital Leadership

  • Dennis BartsDennis Barts joined Avista as Chief Executive Officer in July of 2013 after serving as CEO of Valley Hospital and Deaconess Medical Center, part of the Rockwood Health System in Spokane, Wash. While there, Dennis led his colleagues in achieving Joint Commission recognition as a Center of Excellence in Total Joint Surgery and was awarded "Top Hospital" recognition from the Joint Commission for surgical and pneumonia care. Dennis has also served as CEO at hospitals in Ponca City, Okla.; Jourdanton, Texas; and Fallbrook, Calif.

    Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.; his Master in Exercise Physiology degree from Iowa State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

    Dennis and his wife Becky have one son and a granddaughter. 

    Ron Robinson, MD, MPH, MBA assumed the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Avista Adventist Hospital in September of 2016.  Dr. Robinson has been on staff at Avista since 2003 and currently serves as a managing partner of High Plains Anesthesia Consultants and Chief of Staff at Avista Adventist Hospital. Prior to his time at Avista, Dr. Robinson served as a flight surgeon for both NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the Texas Air National Guard. 

    Dr. Robinson completed his residency in Anesthesiology at UT Houston and received his MD and MPH from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He also earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Additionally, Dr. Robinson has studied leadership with both the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Centura Health.

    Dr. Robinson’s passion is applying cutting edge business and leadership skills to unlock the potential of medical practices, hospitals, and healthcare systems in Colorado.

    Lavah Lavah Lowe, RN, MBA, FACHE, is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and V.P. of Patient Care Services for Avista Adventist Hospital, a 114 bed comprehensive medical center that provides a full-range of medical specialties and exceptional health care to the Louisville, Broomfield and the surrounding Boulder area communities. Within this role she also serves as a CNO for the Centura Health Mountains and North Denver Operating Group (MNDOG) collaborating with colleagues across the entire Centura Health (18 hospital) system to develop strategic and operational plans for enhancing clinical effectiveness, patient/associate satisfaction and value-based care at the community level.

    As a seasoned healthcare executive with over 25 years’ experience, she has extensive hospital leadership experience as a Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer to include operational expertise and a dedication to quality care that creates immediate impact on patient care, revenue, physician relations and employee satisfaction. Prior to her administrative roles, she served as a registered nurse in a number of areas including Med/Surg, ED, OR and Cardiac ICU in addition to Administrative Nursing Supervisor.

    She is a Registered Nurse with a Master in Business Administration from William Woods University and earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of Missouri in Health Service Management with an emphasis in Gerontology.
    A certified Fellow of the American College of Health Executives (FACHE), she is also a member of   American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders (CONL).  She was selected as a Missouri Governor’s Conference on Economic Development 2012 Project of the Year nominee, and is a member of the Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association.  She has served on various boards including the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Domestic Violence, and Urban League of Pinellas County

    Lowe joined Avista Adventist Hospital and the Centura Health organization in the fall of 2015, bringing her expertise gained in diverse settings ranging from a 25 bed critical access hospital to a 480 bed Level I trauma facility.  

    Brent Davis, CFOBrent Davis joined Avista as Chief Financial Officer in September of 2013. In his role, Brent provides leadership and oversight of hospital operations, financial performance, and stewardship.

    Before joining Centura, Brent served as Director of Finance for Simi Valley Hospital in Southern California where he was responsible for financial operations including payroll, accounts payable, reimbursement, decision support, budgeting, and general accounting.

    Prior to his work in health care, Brent worked in the assurance and advisory business services division of Ernst & Young, LLP in Sacramento, CA.

    Brent is a licensed CPA in the state of California, a graduate of Walla Walla University in Washington and holds a Masters in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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