Chief Executive Officer
Todd Folkenberg joined the team at Porter Adventist Hospital as Chief Executive Officer in May 2018. Todd has been with Centura Health since 2005, previously serving as the first CEO of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. After opening in 2013, Castle Rock has consistently been one of the fastest growing hospitals in the Centura system fueled by a passionate caregiver team. He also served as Porter Adventist Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer from 2009-2012 and as St. Anthony Central Hospital’s VP of Operations and Chief Business Officer. Prior to Centura, Todd worked with Deloitte Consulting in their healthcare strategy and operations division as well as two academic medical centers in the South East.
As a faith-centered executive leader, Todd is focused on creating a vision that generates excitement and collaboration amongst his team to deliver whole-person care to the community. He supports innovation, compassion, and ideas of the talented team at Porter in order to help caregivers achieve extraordinary things both individually and organizationally.
Todd earned a BS in Long-Term Health Care and a BS in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN a Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an Administrative Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He lives in Castle Rock with his wife Trina and two teenage children, Ryan and Sidney. Todd enjoys all that Colorado offers including mountain biking, camping, dirt biking, boating, and spending time with family.
Andrew Gaasch, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Porter Adventist Hospital and Centura Health's South Denver Group welcomed Andrew Gaasch as CFO September 2011. Mr. Gaasch has been with Centura Health since 2002. His most recent position was chief financial officer at Parker Adventist Hospital, which he has held since 2007. Mr. Gaasch also served recently as the interim chief executive officer for Parker.
As chief financial officer for the South Denver Group, Mr. Gaasch provides leadership for the financial performance and stewardship of the South Denver Group, which includes Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals, along with the new Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus.
Prior to joining Centura Health, Mr. Gaasch worked in the assurance and advisory business services division for the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP in Denver.
Mr. Gaasch holds an active certified public accountant license in the state of Colorado. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Mr. Gaasch earned a Bachelor of Science in management, with concentrations in accounting and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Patricia Howell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Before becoming the Chief Medical Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital in 2017, Patricia Howell, MD served as a hospitalist for St. Anthony's Hospital and has been a part of the Centura family since 2015. Dr. Howell previously served as CMO, Hospitalist Division at CarePoint, PC and was a practicing hospitalist and group Medical Director. Dr. Howell has served on a number of executive leadership committees including President of the Medical Staff at a Level I Trauma Center. Born at Porter, her background includes almost 20 years of medical practice and extensive experience in medical leadership. She was also awarded Best Team Player, Most Respectful, and Most Positive Attitude by past colleagues and staff.
Belinda Shaw, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Before becoming the Chief Nursing Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital in 2017, Belinda Shaw, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, served as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Porter for over six years. Her career at Porter started as the Emergency Department Director in 2005. During that time she was responsible for the oversight of patient care services, ensuring compliance with quality care and safety standards. She also provided nursing leadership during a successful 2016 JCAHO survey.
Belinda has leant her strategic insight and guidance to a number of other Centura Health initiatives including emergency department design and process development for Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, participation in a successful Porter Magnet Journey in 2009 and re-designation applications in 2013 and 2016. Belinda’s passion is to build upon the strengths of the Porter culture and focus on achieving a healthy workforce environment.
Jeremy Pittman joined the Porter Adventist Hospital team in July of 2018 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. He has worked for Centura for almost 15 years, previously serving as the CFO/COO of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. He also put his stamp on Littleton Adventist Hospital where he served as Director of Finance and business manager for Surgical Services. Providing expert, leading edge health care to the community Porter serves is the most fulfilling part of his job. Jeremy believes deeply in the mission of the organization and tries to make that the core of every decision that is made.
Jeremy likes to focus on community wellness, and funding programs that will educate the public about a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Jeremy serves on several community boards that support these types of programs.
Jeremy was born and raised in Colorado, where he attended Denver's Mile High Academy. He is married and has two children. He enjoys visiting his family cabin in Grand Lake, snowmobiling, hiking, dirt biking, and all kinds of mountain fun.
Michael (Mike) Brendel, MHL, RT, RN, joined the Porter Adventist Hospital team as COO in July 2018. Mike’s career spans more than 30 years in hospital operational leadership, physician practice management, and building/remodeling perioperative services, neurosciences, cardiac and emergency/trauma programs. Mike has extensive experience project management for healthcare design and construction, and government regulatory matters.
He has served on local, regional and state-wide councils for healthcare policy and growth. He has been an executive board member and past-president for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the Three Rivers Affiliate and in the Pacific Northwest. He has years of involvement in Board leadership for regional credit unions and K-12 schools, and his church. Mike is energized by people and the joy and challenges work brings everyday.
His life is centered on God and wife Debbie, an oncology nurse. They have two “favorite” daughters, an amazing son-in-law and two precious granddaughters. They have co-led two teams that created alternative worship opportunities for those seeking God in a non-traditional setting. Mike coached basketball for eight years and enjoys sports on the court, course and field, and is always ready for a motorcycle ride.
Mike holds an undergraduate degree healthcare management, and a master degree in healthcare leadership from Park University. As a nurse and healthcare leader, he has led health missions to Kenya and served on the Amazon River healthcare team in Peru. From the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains, what matters the most to Mike is the people that have created memories along the well-traveled roads of life.