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Healing What Ails Us: Affordable Healthcare In Our Community

  • 08:30 AM
  • 970-476-0954

Healing What Ails Us: Affordable Healthcare In Our Community

Speaking Locally

With Lee Boyles, Will Cook, Senator Kerry Donovan, Representative Dylan Roberts and Chris Romer, moderated by Jon Stavney

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Doors open at 8 a.m.; program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Colorado Mountain College | Edwards Campus

Mountain peaks are not the only thing sky-high in our community: Insurance premiums in Eagle County are among the highest in the country. Healthcare, unlike a waffle iron or a hula-hoop, is not a discretionary expense. Whether it is an annual check-up, a sports injury, or a serious illness, healthcare — and access to it — impacts everyone in our valley. However, the cost of wellbeing can be more painful than the symptoms it treats.
Join the Vail Symposium, in conjunction with the Vail Valley Partnership, for a healthcare panel featuring the primary stakeholders in healthcare delivery in the valley. Listen to, and have the opportunity to question, representatives from Vail Health, Centura and elected officials as we discuss how to ensure Eagle County is competitive into the future.
Lee Boyles is a transformational leader with a focus on advancing our healing ministry, driving operational outcomes, and implementing innovative market strategies, all while improving the health of our communities. He was named president and CEO of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in November 2018.
With an innovative spirit and a servant leadership focus, Lee enjoys collaborating with key community stakeholders to improve care for patients, increase access to health care, and find creative ways to deliver care outside the walls of a hospital. He takes pride in inspiring others to believe in a positive health care future for our communities while navigating the significant changes in the health care industry. He also has a passion for developing safer communities for children and violence-prevention initiatives.
Lee earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Montana and Des Moines University, respectively. He previously served as president of Catholic Health Initiatives’ St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls, Minnesota, and as president of CHI Oakes Hospital in Oakes, North Dakota. Lee is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Will Cook is the president and chief executive officer of Vail Health, a nonprofit community health care system with 12 locations across Eagle and Summit counties. With a 56-bed hospital, level III trauma center, urgent care clinics, cancer center, cardiovascular services, surgery, childbirth,
physical therapy, internal medicine, endocrinology and more, Vail Health is the world’s most modern mountain health care system.
Previously, Mr. Cook served as the president and chief executive officer of University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the only academic medical center in Colorado. Mr. Cook joined University of Colorado Hospital in September 2015 and was responsible for advancing patient care, innovation and research at UCH and was responsible for the Metro-Denver region. Prior to UCH, Mr. Cook worked at UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), an academic medical center with 21 hospitals, 3,400 employed physicians and more than 60,000 employees. He served as senior vice president of UPMC’s Health Services Division, chief operating officer of Physician Services and president of UPMC Mercy. While at UPMC, Mr. Cook held several leadership roles including vice president of operations at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, as well as vice president of transplant and ambulatory care at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. The early part of Mr. Cook’s career was spent with Johns Hopkins Health System, where he held several positions, including director of operations at Johns Hopkins International Medical Center in Singapore.
Mr. Cook received a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He also completed a two-year fellowship in Health Care Administration at Johns Hopkins Health System.
Senator Kerry Donovan is a Colorado native, serving Senate District 5 in the state assembly. As this district has become the nation’s most expensive individual health care market, health care has become one of her top concerns, as it is for her constituents.  She also runs her family’s ranch near Edwards, CO.
Donovan attended The University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Science, pre-professional degree with a focus on anthropology. After graduating from college, she worked as an archeologist throughout the Rockies in cultural resource management. She worked for the Vail Valley Foundation and as director of the Minturn Community Fund – both non-profits focused on serving local communities. Before running for state office, she served on the Vail Town Council and was Director of Academics for the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. 
Representative Dylan Roberts has served in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2017. He represents House District 26 (Eagle County and Routt County) and currently serves as the Chair of the House Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee, the Chair of the Capital Development Committee and as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. During his time in office, he has passed over a dozen pieces of legislation focused on water conservation, environmental protection, affordable housing, transportation funding and safety and health care. Specifically in health care policy, he has been the lead sponsor of the bills to create a public health insurance option, to allow for health insurance co-op formation, drug price transparency and investigation, youth mental health education and suicide prevention and more. Rep. Roberts grew up in Steamboat Springs and now lives in Avon with his fiancé, Sarah Andrews. He holds a degree in political science from Boston College and a law degree from the University of Colorado. When the legislature is not in session, he works as an Eagle County Deputy District Attorney in Eagle.
Chris Romer serves as President & CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership (VVP). Vail Valley Partnership is the regional chamber of commerce, destination sales and marketing organization and economic development organization representing Vail Valley, Colorado. VVP plays a leadership role in the continuing process of building trust between the various sectors, geographic and economic and provides community leadership and vision to enhance commerce and economic vitality of the Vail Valley and was named “Chamber of the Year” by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2016.
In his role, Romer leads the Partnership team to help positively impact the community via various programming and tourism endeavors. Romer is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management program and has been named a “Top 25 Mind in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management” by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and “Chamber Executive of the Year” by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Moderator Jon Stavney, as Executive Director of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG), is a leader passionate about improving local government through sharing information, innovations and best practices. Since being hired in November of 2016, Jon has worked closely with program directors at NWCCOG to develop clear goals and maintain the highest review levels from the state and federal agencies while increasing the visibility of NWCCOG services and of the organization as a whole.
Jon learned public service while “on the job” in various roles over more than twenty years. Elected to the Town of Eagle Board of Trustees in 1998 and Mayor from 2004 to 2008, he “studied” governance, land use, law and public policy “by doing” as the town grew more than
15% each year during that decade. Jon served five years as an Eagle County Commissioner from 2008-2013 where his proudest accomplishments required extensive collaboration with stakeholders, other agencies and jurisdictions. Jon served on the Colorado River Water Conservation District board when it negotiated the historic Colorado River Cooperative Agreement in involving Denver Water and 15 West Slope entities. Jon served as Town Manager in Eagle for three years prior to joining NWCCOG.
This program is generously underwritten by Sue & Mike Rushmore and is produced in partnership with Vail Valley Partnership

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