James Kiser Chief Executive Officer
James Kiser joined Montrose Memorial Hospital as the Chief Executive Officer in June, 2018. James brings over 25 years of hospital administration experience, including his most recent role at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Pulson, Montana as Chief Executive Officer. During his time in Pulson, St. Joseph achieved Top 20 in the Nation for Best Quality by the National Rural Healthcare Association, was named a Joint Commission National Top Performer in Surgical Care (CMS Core Indicators), and delivered top Patient Satisfaction scores. Other experience includes additional hospital leadership roles in Montana, Washington, and Wyoming-including a Chief Operating Officer role overseeing 2500 employees, 400 physicians, and a hospital ranking in the Top 100 in Orthopedics, Stroke Care (Neuroscience) and Cardiology.
James received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Montana State University-Billings. James has served on various local and state boards, including his long-time role as a Rotarian. James and his wife Lorie look forward to taking advantage of the area’s outdoor activities as they enjoy camping, hiking/backpacking, bow hunting, snowmobiling, boating, fly fishing and more.
Tim Howard Chief Financial Officer – Interim
Mr. Howard is a CPA with 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry working with hospitals and hospital systems in various financial and accounting roles, and ownership models. He has an extensive background in hospital financial management. In addition, he has served in detailed roles such as Controller, and Internal Audit. He is experienced and comfortable at the corporate and local levels.
Mr. Howard has extensive analytical skills in determining the appropriateness of Revenue Cycle activities. his depth of understanding of all areas of hospital accounting/financial services, allows him to function successfully in multiple roles. Strong adherence to clinical quality and patient satisfaction has fostered positive relationships with physician partners.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys reading, hiking, exploring, travel, new dining experiences, exercise and professional development.
Tim currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA and is originally from Nashville, TN.
Larry Peeters Chief Clinical Officer – Interim
Larry Peeters, RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist) joined Montrose Memorial Hospital in 2000 to start the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory as a supervisor and became the Cardiology Director in 2005. He has had multiple leadership roles at Montrose Memorial Hospital over the last 18 years including; Same-day Surgery/PACU interim director from 2008–2013, Director of Cardiology and Pulmonary clinics, Director of Respiratory and Sleep Lab services.
Larry has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years, seven years as an active duty Navy corpsman where he became a cardiopulmonary technologist and worked in the Cath Lab, ICU, open heart surgery, on trauma teams and as a cardiovascular clinical instructor. He spent seven years as a deputy coroner for Montrose County from 2007-2014. Larry has proven expertise in the Cardiovascular service lines and clinical team leadership working “in the trenches” with staff and physicians while always keeping the Patient at the center of the focus. Larry and his wife Angie enjoy being “sports nuts”, golfing, hunting and most importantly spending time with family.
Leann Tobin Sr. Director of Community Engagement
Leann Tobin is the Director of Community Engagement. She has been at MMH since 1999 and participates in the strategic planning and leadership for the organization. Leann is responsible for directing hospital and medical staff marketing efforts, including developing and managing the budget, managing media relations, coordinating public relations activities; participating in developing and implementing the institution’s Strategic Plan, and creating and developing hospital promotional materials. Leann grew up in Lakewood Colorado, graduated from Green Mountain High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. She and her husband Pat met while traveling together in the International program Up with People. They have two sons Bryce and Dylan and enjoy spending time boating, ATVing, camping and being with family.
Jamie Laufle, MT (ASCP) Sr. Director of Clinical Operations, IT and Ancillary Services
Jamie Laufle joined MMH in July 2017 after serving at San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa, CO for over 31 years. She brings leadership experience in many different aspects of healthcare including Director of Laboratory and Pathology Services, Program Director of E H R Applications, Business Intelligence and Analytics, and most recently as Revenue Cycle Director. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Colorado State University and Medical Technologist/Clinical Lab Scientist degree at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. Jamie enjoys connecting the clinical teams to the financial and earned her Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional Certification. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, rafting, mountain biking, scuba diving and sailing with her husband and twin children.
Erin Skees Sr.Director of Human Resources
Erin Skees was born and raised right here in beautiful Montrose, Colorado. She received her degree from the University of Northern Colorado and spent the first seven years of her Human Resources career working for organizations in the Greeley/Longmont/Loveland area before relocating with her family to Montrose. Since her return to the area 13 years ago, Erin has held Human Resources leadership positions in retail, construction and the last seven years in health care. She has served on a number of boards including the Chamber of Commerce and most recently as the Board Chair for the Western Workforce Development Board. Her passions include spending quality time with her family, traveling and enjoying the many wonderful outdoor activities that southwestern Colorado has to offer.
Jessie Neitzer Sr. Director of Quality & Risk Management
Jessie Neitzer has been at Montrose Memorial Hospital since 2015 directing our Department of Quality and Risk Management. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Adams State University in Colorado. After completing her MBA with an emphasis in healthcare Jessie worked with Southwest Health System, Inc. in Cortez, Colorado. Jessie is responsible for oversight of the Quality Management System including clinical quality data gathering and submission, accreditation, and patient satisfaction. Jessie was born in raised in southwest Colorado, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball as well as spending time with her husband enjoying all the outdoor activities our area has to offer.
David Parks Sr. Director of Legal-Compliance Office
David Parks joined Montrose Memorial Hospital in April 2018, to oversee the Compliance and Privacy programs as Compliance Director. David has had several careers, which serves him well in understanding the complex nature of healthcare delivery. David started out his professional life as a licensed broadcasting engineer. He went on to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska to become a medical technologist/ clinical laboratory scientist, eventually working in large academic settings, private laboratories, as well as rural community and government facilities in western Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. David continued in the clinical laboratory as he returned to Creighton University to graduate magna cum laude from Creighton School of Law. As an attorney for over 25 years, David has provided various Regulatory Compliance, Legal, Quality, Risk Management and Privacy/ Information Security services to regional healthcare organizations. Now, he has found his way back to the western slope and brings those varied experiences and formal training/ education to Montrose Memorial Hospital.
CoralAnn Hackett Sr. Director of Nursing
CoralAnn Hackett, DNP, MSN-ed, RNC-OB, has been with MMH since 2004. She received her BSN and Masters Degree in Nursing Education from University of Phoenix. She also received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She has been an RN for over 26 years and has worked in administrative roles for 18 years. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse. When she’s not at work, CoralAnn enjoys traveling – especially to spend time with her two grown children and three grandchildren.