Centura Health Leaders

A vision for the future of health care.

Centura Health Leaders

A vision for the future of health care.

Centura Health not only provides skilled and compassionate care to our communities, it also manages with integrity and expertise. The outstanding leaders of Centura Health call on their decades of experience as well as their willingness to ensure whole-person healing to lead Centura Health into the future.

Cultivating Growth Through Faith and Business

Peter D. Banko is leading Centura Health toward an exciting new era of healthy growth: in business, in community, and in spirit. He brings faith and business together, uprooting traditional ways of thinking and working to cultivate real passion into purpose, and innovative ideas into practical solutions. He’s committed to teaching, supporting, and lifting those around him to help them fully live their missions and change the world. Day in and day out, Banko continues to inspire the organization’s connected ecosystem of 21,000 caregivers across Colorado and western Kansas, who together are on missions to redefine health, one life, one neighborhood, and one community at a time.

Banko joined Centura Health as President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2016 following nine years in national and market leadership roles with one of Centura Health’s sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). At CHI, Banko played a pivotal role in integrating new partners into the ministry and served as market Chief Executive Officer for CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has also served in a chief operating officer role at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Texas as well as operations and strategy roles at PhyAmerica Physician Group in North Carolina and Saint Clare’s Health Services in New Jersey.

Banko is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the AHA/Health Forum Creating Healthier Communities Program. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live on a small ranch in Sedalia, Colorado and they have four children – Daniel, Lauren, Zachary, and Luke.

As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Eddie Sim, MBA, provides operational leadership to the system’s three operating groups, clinical delivery, and shared services. He is responsible for supporting improved care coordination, operational and clinical excellence and alignment across our ecosystem of 17 facilities and 230 clinics. Sim joined Centura Health as Group President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital in January 2017.

Prior to Centura Health, Sim served in progressively responsible senior leadership positions for 11 years at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla. He served as the president of physician integration where he was responsible for an employed physician network of 380 physicians and a clinically integrated network with more than 900 physicians. He also served as a hospital president of a $360 million community hospital and vice president of operations of a $640 million tertiary care facility.

Sim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Boston University, a Master of Science degree in pathology and laboratory medicine from Albany Medical College and a Master of Business Administration degree (with a concentration in health sector management) from Duke University. He has been active in his local chamber of commerce and economic development, United Way, breast cancer awareness and children’s school.

Carrie Damon serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Centura Health providing strategic leadership for our use of technology across the system. Carrie’s work focuses on driving growth, efficiency and disruption through aligned strategy, team development, technology, digitalization and consumer engagement.

Prior to joining Centura Health in February 2020, Carrie served as Vice President of IT Solution Delivery for Molson Coors Brewing Company in Colorado, where she implemented a new organizational strategy and structure, leading to an improvement in quality by 10% and productivity by 45% in less than two years. She has also held executive leadership positions focused on driving cultural and transformational change, improving customer experience, and leading growth, technology, and digital enablement initiatives at both Western Union and Accenture, a management consulting firm.

Carrie has a bachelor of arts in economics from Colorado College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Colorado State University. She is certified in Agile Leadership and as a Scrum Product Owner from Scrum Alliance. Carrie and her husband, Tony, live in Denver and have two daughters.

Nima Davis serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at Centura Health. She oversees development and implementation of our corporate responsibility program, aligning to our Mission, Vision and Values.

Davis joined Centura Health in 2006 as the Facility Compliance Officer for St. Anthony Central, St. Anthony North and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and most recently served as our Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer. Serving as the chief compliance and privacy officer for Centura Health, Davis serves as the architect and steward of our compliance strategy, structure and processes, and oversees enterprise risk management.

Davis has a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Arizona and master of business administration from the University of Denver. She received her Healthcare Compliance Certification (CHC) in 2007. She is both personally and professionally connected to our Mission, and continually puts our vibrant community of caregivers and patients first.

Dan Enderson serves as the Group President of Denver Metro Group. On a mission to be helpful to everyone he encounters, Enderson is committed to elevating the health and vibrancy of the communities Centura Health serves. He provides strategic and operational leadership to the Centura hospitals in the Denver Metro Group, including Avista Adventist, Castle Rock Adventist, Littleton Adventist, OrthoColorado, Parker Adventist, Porter Adventist, St. Anthony, and St. Anthony North hospitals.

Enderson has been a faithful member of the Centura Health leadership team since 2011, when he joined the as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. A mission-driven leader, he was responsible for serving as a steward of our financial resources in support of our operating model, operations structures and operational efficiencies, as well as enabling group and market leadership in strategy and strategic implementation.

In his current role, Enderson serves as the associated Regional CEO for AdventHealth’s Rocky Mountain region and he has served in AdventHealth ministries since 1992. Prior to joining Centura Health, Enderson served as the CFO and Senior Vice President of Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Burleson, Texas, and the regional CFO for the Southwest Region of AdventHealth of Florida.

Enderson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., and his master’s degree in business administration from Webster University in Orlando.

Andrew Gaasch, CPA, serves at Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Centura Health. Known for his transparent and collaborative leadership, Gaasch provides strategic direction and operational guidance to Centura Health’s network of 17 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas.

On a mission to serve others through enduring relationships to help them improve their lives, Gaasch has been a trusted leader with Centura Health since 2002. He most recently worked as Vice President and Chief Ambulatory Officer, growing revenue by 7% annually and overseeing more than $425 million in annual net operating revenue. Gaasch also served in controller leadership roles at Littleton Adventist and Parker Adventist hospitals, as chief financial officer at Parker Adventist and Porter Adventist and as the group financial officer for the former south Denver Operating Group.

Gaasch received a bachelor of science in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently completing his master of science in health care management from the University of Denver. He is a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Patrick Gaughan, joined Centura Health in November 2018 as Senior Vice President of Values Integration. Patrick will serve as the voice of Centura Health’s vibrant communities and neighbors at our senior leadership table as well as the important connector for our health system around our common beliefs and our shared desire to make a difference.

Patrick joins us after 12 years at one of our sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), where he served as System Vice President for the Center for Formation and Organizational Effectiveness for the past nine years. Prior to joining CHI, Patrick held leadership roles in mission integration and operations/process improvement with Alexian Brothers Health System in Illinois. In addition, he started his career in health care as a cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill.

Patrick has a diploma in nursing from St. Anthony Nursing School in Illinois, a bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University, and master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He also has six years in missionary formation with the Society of the Divine Word in Iowa. He is a writer and speaker who has contributed to mission, ministry, and community health in the areas of formation, core values integration, nursing and mission, and chaplaincy.

Tom Gessel, MHA, became Group President for Centura Health in October 2017 following a year of serving as Senior Vice President of Operations and Network Development for Centura Health and four years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. He has also served as the executive sponsor of human resources for Centura Health.

In his current role, Gessel provides operational leadership to the Greater Colorado and Kansas Group, which includes Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, St. Catherine Hospital and Bob Wilson Memorial Grant Hospital in western Kansas, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, and St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City. Gessel’s commitment to deliver whole person care provides a critical foundation to grow and connect services and resources in these markets and supports our mission-driven associates and physicians in building healthy communities.

Prior to joining Centura Health, Gessel had extensive regional health system and network development experience in both urban and rural markets in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in health administration from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sebastien Girard serves as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Centura Health. Supporting a team of 21,000 outstanding caregivers, Seb is on a mission to serve, elevate and care for every community, every patient and every associate. Seb is an accomplished human resources leader with talents and practical skills in workforce planning, talent acquisition and management, HR technologies, and market disruption.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Seb joined Centura from Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as the Senior Vice President responsible for workforce engagement and workforce operations. He previously served as the Chief Workforce Officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He spent nearly fifteen years with Randstad, a Dutch-based global human resources consulting firm, in executive and operations roles in both the United States and Canada.

Seb has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He completed Randstad’s prestigious international Senior Executive Program and the Human Capital Institute’s strategic workforce planning development program. He also serves as an advisory board member with three independent HR companies innovating in nurse staffing, professional nurse development, and health care workforce managed solutions.

In addition to his deep professional experience, Seb passionately supports giving back to the community and has engaged in international humanitarian projects to recruit and attract some of the world’s best engineers to support those living in India with mobility obstacles.

Oswaldo A. Grenardo, MD, MBA, MSHA, joined Centura Health in November 2020 as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Dr. Grenardo is rooted in his personal mission to serve and provide hope to others while celebrating diversity and improving health equity. He is responsible for advancing Centura’s work in social justice, diversity and inclusion, racism, poverty, violence, discriminatory practices, and their consequences.

For the past decade, Dr. Grenardo has been a family medicine physician at Centura Health’s Cornerstar Primary Care in Aurora and is a member of the clinical staff at Parker Adventist Hospital. Dr. Grenardo also provides medical director and physician support in southeast Colorado La Junta and Rocky Ford. He completed an administrative fellowship at Centura Health in the late 1990’s and is one of the founding members of both Centura’s Board Study Group and Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Dr. Grenardo serves as a board member at the Center for African American Health in Denver and as board chair for the Colorado Centennial Fund. He received his bachelor of arts from Stanford University, a master of business administration and master of science in health administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a doctor of medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

Shauna Gulley, MD, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Centura Health. In this role, Shauna provides overall strategic direction and sustained success of Centura Health in clinical excellence and value to support building whole person care and flourishing communities. Her work focuses on optimizing clinical quality and patient safety, building world-class clinical service lines, and promoting an agile, team-based culture where our mission remains at the forefront of all that we do.

Dr. Gulley has been a trusted physician and leader with Centura Health since 2009, starting her career as an internal medicine and pediatrics provider with the Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) at Timberview Clinic in Parker, Colo. Prior to her current role, she served as the group Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Denver Metro Operating Group and CMO at St. Anthony Hospital, where she amplified the strategic direction, leadership and overall operational management of quality outcomes, physician services and medical staff administration for the operating group.

Dr. Gulley earned her bachelor’s of science in microbiology from Northern Arizona University, her medical doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Medicine where she was designated a Dean’s Scholar, and is currently in the process of completing her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst.

Scott Lichtenberger, MD, serves as Group President, Physician Alignment and is responsible for leading Centura Health Physician Group, as well as managing our contractual relationships with independent medical groups and administrative oversight of Colorado Health Neighborhoods.

Dr. Lichtenberger began his career as a primary care provider and gastroenterologist. He brings more than two decades of health care expertise to Centura Health, including extensive experience in clinical leadership and strategy with the worldwide management consulting company McKinsey & Company. As a Partner at McKinsey, he led many strategy and operations engagements with leading health systems across the country – including many large-scale transformations. His diverse experience also includes serving as Chief Strategy Officer and interim Chief Marketing Officer for University of Colorado Health as well as being a practice director and Assistant Professor of Medicine for University of Colorado Hospital.

Dr. Lichtenberger earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine. When he’s not working, he enjoys running, skiing, hiking and spending time with his wife and two teenaged daughters.

Kris Ordelheide is responsible for managing and providing legal services and advice to Centura Health and its affiliated organizations. He has served as general counsel since 1996 and represented a variety of business and health care clients in private practice prior to joining Centura Health. The experience he brings to his role covers the broad scope of legal issues that arise in the health care and business setting, including governance, risk management, medical staff, patient care, employment, tax exemption, insurance, regulatory matters, real estate, and general business and commercial transactions.

Ordelheide received his bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College and his juris doctor and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.

Dean Sanpei serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer and is responsible for leading the strategy and business development at Centura Health. Under his leadership, Sanpei is building sustaining, forward-thinking strategies to facilitate organizational growth and advance our efforts to build whole-person care and flourishing communities. He works tirelessly each day to most impactfully change communities and lives for the better. 

Prior to joining Centura Health, he was the Vice President of Strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated health care delivery system with 22 hospitals headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he served in progressively responsible hospital and health system strategy roles for more than 17 years. He also served as an elected Representative in the Utah State Legislature and chaired executive appropriations in the House of Representatives where he was responsible for a $15.1 billion annual state budget. He also helped move Utah Medicaid toward more accountable care and population health initiatives as well as drove efforts to ensure the state remains among a small minority of states with AAA credit ratings.

Dean has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and a master of public administration degree from Brigham Young University. He has been consistently recognized for his political advocacy on behalf of public employees, people with disabilities, technology development, tax reform, and the business community. He is also active in child advocacy and international volunteer efforts.

Brenda Simpson, DNP, RN, CENP, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Centura Health. Supporting our nearly 6,500 nurses, Simpson is on a mission to be an advocate for those we serve including our patients, communities and caregivers. She is responsible for managing and evaluating system-wide clinical policies and the nursing shared governance framework, nursing professional development and the Central Staffing Office. Simpson is committed to enhancing clinical excellence, patient safety and delivering whole person care – mind, body and spirit - across Centura’s connected ecosystem.

With more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience, Simpson has a passion for leading teams to nursing excellence. She served as System Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer for Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in Gainesville, Ga. for five years and prior to joining NGHS, she spent nine years as System Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at CHI St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, now a part of CommonSpirit Health. Simpson also has held the role of Team Leader as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Appraiser for the past six years.

Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University in Nashville, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), a member of the American Organization of Nursing Leadership and the American Nurses Association and has published extensively on topics related to optimizing nurse leadership practice.