Leadership

Vail Valley Medical Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community and hospital leaders. The Vail Valley Medical Center Board of Directors, administration, employees and physicians are committed to continuous quality improvement, the centerpiece for creating an organization that provides excellence to each patient we serve.

The Vail Valley Medical Center Board of Directors

Chairman
Art Kelton

Directors
Dick Cleveland
Reg Franciose, MD
Chris Jarnot
Doris Kirchner
Jeff Shroll
Susan Suggs
Wayne Wenzel, MD
Jerry Greenberg, MD

Trustee
Charlie L'Esperance

The Vail Health Services Board

Chairman
Michael Shannon

Directors
Andy Arnold
Mel Bergstein
Sam Bronfman
Ron Davis
Johannes Faessler
Reg Franciose, MD
Peter Frechette
Art Kelton
Doris Kirchner
Marc Philippon, MD
Jay Precourt
Sally Veitch

Trustee
Richard Steadman, MD

Vail Valley Medical Center Executive Team

Doris Kirchner, President & CEO
Doris has more than 30 years of health care experience with an additional ten years of senior management experience in the private sector. She graduated from William Jewell College with a BSN in nursing and received a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas.

Doris has held various management positions in nursing administration and quality and risk management. She was the chief operating officer at VVMC from 1986-1994, and during that time, she led the recruitment team for Dr. Richard Steadman’s relocation to Vail. She left her position for a healthcare consulting role with Quorum Health Services in Nashville, where she worked with hospitals, physician groups and hospital boards of directors. Doris joined KSL Recreation Corporation, a leader in the luxury sector of hospitality, in late 1997 as the corporate VP of human resources with oversight of 9,000 employees across the organization at its peak. Following her retirement from KSL, Doris returned to VVMC in 2008 as the interim COO and accepted the role of CEO role in 2009.  In addition to her duties at VVMC, Doris serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Hospital Association.

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Nicholas Brown, Vice President of Howard Head Sports Medicine 
Nico joined Howard Head Sports Medicine in 2007 as a seasonal physical therapist. By 2009, he was promoted to clinic director of the Edwards office, where he played a role in the clinic design, as well as the implementation of new processes for the Outpatient Surgery Center. In the fall of 2012, Nico became one of two vice presidents leading the organization’s nine clinics. He holds an undergraduate degree with a double major in environmental studies and Italian from Emory University and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Georgia State University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Eagle County Total Health Alliance, and American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the board for the Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives and the InteGreat Community Coalition. Nico is also the founder of the SafeFit® Wellness Program, which has provided innovative solutions for keeping Vail Resort’s active workforce healthy in Colorado, Utah, and California.

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Dr. Barry Hammaker, Chief Clinical Officer
Barry first became acquainted with VVMC as a part-time trauma surgeon at Mountain Surgical Associates in 2004 and came on as full-time provider in 2006. In addition to his role as CCO, he is the chief medical officer and a trauma surgeon. Barry received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship in general surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Barry served as group surgeon in the 528th U.S. Army Artillery Group in Cakmakli, Turkey; as chief of the department of surgery at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas; four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and three tours in Operating Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan; and chief of general surgery at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado. He left the Army in 2006 as a lieutenant colonel after serving 16 years. 

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Darrell Messersmith, MSPT, CHIO
Vice President of Information Technology & CIO

Darrell joined VVMC as Chief Medical Information Officer in 2015 with over 20 years of healthcare experience working primarily in community hospitals. In addition to several years of clinical department leadership, Darrell began organizing and leading hospital teams though large information technology projects in 2010. Darrell is an experienced presenter and expert on Healthcare IT and a certified healthcare chief information officer committed to advancing healthcare through process improvement and technology. Keeping up with technology needs in healthcare requires someone who understands patient care and excels at selecting technology solutions to support community health priorities. Darrell has earned undergraduate degrees in psychology as well as anatomy and physiology and holds a masters in physical therapy from Andrews University.  

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S. Jason Moore, Vice President of Quality and Clinical Epidemiology
In addition to his role as vice president of quality and clinical epidemiology, Jason is also a physician assistant at Mountain Surgical Associates. He holds a PhD in epidemiology/public health and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC). Jason's research interests span multiple areas of trauma and critical care medicine, as well as healthcare quality improvement. He actively works towards ensuring the hospital's compliance with the Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies.
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Luke O’Brien, Vice President of Howard Head Sports Medicine
Luke is the vice president of clinical physical therapy in Vail and the rehabilitation coordinator for Dr. Richard Steadman. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a master of sports physiotherapy from LaTrobe University. He is a sports certified specialist as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. Since joining Howard Head Sports Medicine as a physical therapist in 2002, Luke has focused on the treatment of lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders with a specialization in the treatment of the knee. He has served as an assistant physical therapist for the US Ski Team and as a consultant to teams including Manchester United and Barcelona football clubs, the New York Mets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke has published numerous articles and text book chapters and has an adjunct faculty position at the University of Colorado. 

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Daniel L. Pennington, President of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation
Dan joined VVMC in 2014 as the president of the VVMC Foundation. He has more than 25 years of experience working in both the nonprofit and private sector. Dan earned his bachelor of science in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas and he completed his masters in philanthropic studies at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He received his chartered advisor in philanthropy (CAP) certification from The American College of Financial Services. Dan served as the lead fundraiser for Mayo’s Cancer Center as well as the Center for Individualized Medicine—two of Mayo’s top research initiatives. Before joining Mayo Clinic, Dan was the principal and senior consultant of his own fundraising consulting firm. Dan has successfully led fundraising teams, developed strategic plans, implemented campaigns, as well as facilitated engagement of board members and volunteers in the fundraising process. He was also a co-founder of an affinity based loyalty-marketing company, which served the nonprofit market.

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Sheila Sherman, Chief Nursing Officer 
Sheila joined VVMC as the director of patient care services in 2012 and was appointed to the role of VP of patient care services in 2014. She holds a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist and is actively pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice degree and executive nurse leader board certification. Sheila is board certified as an advanced practice nurse and is also board certified in advanced diabetes management.

With 20+ years of acute care and leadership experience, Sheila has a passion for influencing staff to strive for excellence in patient care and team work. Her varied clinical and leadership roles have included intensive care nurse, director of medical surgical and pediatrics/cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and clinical nurse specialist. She has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical coach.

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Ted Sirotta, Senior Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Ted has moved to Vail from Vermont where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, where he was awarded CFO of the Year by Quorum Health Resources from among 150 of Quorum’s CFO’s nationwide. Prior to that Ted was Corporate Controller of Renown Health Care in Reno, Nevada and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer at Barlow Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Ted started his career as an Accountant and Manager with Deloitte & Touche in Los Angeles. Ted has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified as a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  

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Rick Smith, Chief Administrative Officer
Rick has 25 years of human resource and leadership experience with companies such as Vail Resorts, Gerry Baby Products, The Pillsbury Company, and Frito-Lay. He holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Regis College and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Vail Valley Medical Center, Rick was a partner with Pilot Advisors, where he worked with companies across the country, providing advice and service in improving culture, building cohesive leadership teams, and offering leadership training and executive coaching.

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VVMC Medical Staff
Dr. Pamela Bock: President
Dr. Barry Hammaker: Medical Director