Morre L. Dean, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, President of the South Denver Hospital Group
Morre L. Dean joined the team at Porter Adventist Hospital as Chief Executive Officer and President of the South Denver Hospital Group in March 2015. In this role, Mr. Dean provides strategic vision to advance the mission of Porter Adventist Hospital while also overseeing the collaboration between the four Centura Health South Denver Group hospitals. This includes Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals. Mr. Dean’s role is vital in uniting key leadership across these entities, in order to identify and develop solutions to further enhance the value of health care.
Before joining Porter Adventist Hospital, Mr. Dean most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Parker Adventist Hospital. It was there where he saw where he oversaw completion of the $20.5 million Southlands Neighborhood Health Center in southeast Aurora and initiated master planning efforts, obtained capital approval and began construction on a $39 million phase one expansion of Parker Adventist Hospital. Additionally, he led initial development of Colorado Health Neighborhoods South Denver Regional Council to transform the delivery of health care to meet population health needs.
Mr. Dean holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Katrina, have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, football, basketball, running and golf.
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.
Rebecca Israel, MBB, MCF
VP of Operations
Rebecca Israel joined the Porter Adventist Hospital Executive team as the Vice President of Operations in February 2017. In her role, Rebecca provides oversight of hospital operations including managing the master facility planning process to include a $47 million renovation, Nutrition Services, Safety/Security, Facility Plant Operations, Lean Value Optimization and Porter Place retirement community. Her most recent position as Director of Lean Value Optimization for the South Denver Group, she saved the organization more than $3.6 million through process improvement initiatives and internal trainings. Prior to joining the South Denver Group, Rebecca helped to build the $430 million Level I trauma center in Lakewood, St. Anthony Hospital. She has been with Centura Health since 2005.
Rebecca has a passion for cultural transformation. She is a proven leader, driven by outcomes and the quest for excellence. She has a knack for public-speaking and achieving group buy-in, with her high energy and commanding presence. Rebecca is a GE certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Master Change Facilitator and is also certified in Work-Out techniques. She has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Go Badgers!
VP - Business Development
Josh Neff joined the Porter Adventist Hospital Executive team as the Vice President of Business Development in February 2018. In his role, Josh will be responsible for managing and directing growth across Porter’s continuum of care, by promoting business development, expanding market segments, and working with other Centura facilities to evaluate, establish, build, market, and implement strategic business development initiatives.
A former strategy and operations leader with Ascension Healthcare, Josh has over 15 years of executive leadership experience. Most recently He served as the Vice President of Innovation & Business Development at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in Colorado Springs. He is driven by his passion in helping organizations address tough challenges through operations, strategic planning, organizational development, partnerships and employee engagement.