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

Art Kelton

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

Charlie L'Esperance

The Vail Health Services Board

Michael Shannon

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

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.


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. 


Peggy Carey, Vice President of Shaw Regional Cancer Center
Peggy joined VVMC as vice president of oncology in 2010. With 30 years of leadership in community health, Peggy’s experience includes building teams to care for patients in a hospital system and developing coalitions to address community and state health challenges. She has worked with local and state policy makers to influence resource allocations for screening, treatment and end of life care. Peggy has served on many boards and excels at leading community-based initiatives and working with agencies such as public health, hospice, physician groups, hospital systems and indigent care providers to address health concerns and service needs. Peggy received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Oregon State College and a master’s degree in public administration/health care from Lewis & Clark College. She is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.


Charlie Crevling, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Charlie has 25 years of healthcare finance experience at major medical centers, including Virginia Mason Medical Center, Mary-Hitchcock Memorial at Dartmouth, the University of Colorado Hospital, Exempla Healthcare, and Colorado’s Lutheran Medical Center. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado.


Brian Foster, Chief Information Officer
Brian joined VVMC in 2012 as the chief information officer responsible for the information technology department and VVMC’s clinical and business applications/systems. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Regis University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Brian brings 37 years of technology and leadership experience that includes a 20-year military career with the USAF, maintaining sophisticated aircraft weapon systems and managing technology projects around the globe. Following his military career, Brian began serving in healthcare in 1996 as the director of IT at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. Since, he has served as a CIO in New Mexico and Arizona, and prior to joining VVMC, he worked at the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin for six years.   


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. 


Laura Millard, Administrator of Vail Valley Surgery Center
Laura serves as the administrator of Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail and Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards. She is a registered nurse and also holds a degree in organizational management from Colorado Christian University. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and sits on the board of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

Laura joined VVMC in 2006 and has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with the majority in leadership positions. She began her career as a surgical intensive care nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and emergency nurse with the Methodist Health System in Dallas and Seton Medical Center in Austin prior to moving into healthcare administration. She spent several years as a governmental healthcare auditor and in leadership positions in the insurance industry, including as a manager at CIGNA HealthCare of Colorado, prior to moving into ambulatory surgery center administration with HCA. She has also served as the CEO of a surgical hospital.  

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.

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. 


Sheila Sherman, Vice President of Patient Care Services
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.


Rick Smith, Senior Vice President & 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.


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