Chief Executive Officer
Mike Cafasso was named Chief Executive Office at St. Mary-Corwin in January 2018, after serving as the Vice President of Operations since March 2011. His servant leadership style is well-regarded amongst our caregivers and he is dedicated to our mission, vision and values. Mike is a strong supporter of the Pueblo community having been named the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2018.
Prior to joining St. Mary-Corwin Mike served as the Colorado President of The American Bank of Commerce and led Pueblo Bank & Trust as CEO, COO, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Director of Marketing.
Kern Low, MD, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer
Kern Low began serving as chief medical officer for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. and St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo. in 2017. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and overall operational management of physician services and medical staff administration for both entities. He collaborates with our leadership team to develop strategic plans and policies, provide a multidisciplinary approach to clinical outcome management, and build effective relationships between the hospital and its medical staff to produce safe, quality care and excellent clinical outcomes.
Dr. Low is no stranger to St. Mary-Corwin, having faithfully served Centura Health since 1998 in a variety of physician leadership positions across our operating group. As a practicing family medicine physician with more than 25 years of experience in the clinic setting, inpatient and obstetric care, clinical teaching and leadership, he has established countless significant relationships with patients, members of the medical staff, and other members of the care team including nursing.
Dr. Low was a partner at Comprehensive Family Care Center in Pueblo from 1998-2011, and held various roles at Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM), a clinic located at St. Mary-Corwin, from 1998 to 2013 including faculty, medical student coordinator and clinic director. He earned the SCFM Outstanding Faculty Award and was named the 2012 Colorado Family Physician of the Year award from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). He has held multiple leadership roles within the CAFP including President and Board Chair. He represented the Colorado Chapter by serving on the Congress of Delegates for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He also served a four-year term on the Commission of Continuing Professional Development, and was the 2010 Chair of the Subcommittee on the Annual Scientific Assembly Planning in Denver, Colo. He continues to serve as an associate professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and associate clinical professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Other past positions held by Dr. Low include St. Mary-Corwin Chief of Staff Elect, South State Operating Group Primary Care Medical Director, and most recently Chief Medical Officer at St. Thomas More. We benefit greatly from his experience and energy to advocate for both physicians and patients.
Dr. Low earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology with honors in 1988 at the University of Southern California and his medical degree in 1992 from the Chicago Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in Family Medicine in 1993 and 1995, respectively, from Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He is also a Fellow of the AAFP.
A few highlights of his impressive military career include: Officer-In-Charge, Camp Casey Troop Medical Clinic, Korea; Meritorious Service Medal; Expert Field Medical Badge; Army Commendation Medal and Family Physician at Evans Army Community Hospital, Ft. Carson; and commissioned as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.
While in Hawaii, Dr. Low met his wife, Doris, and together they have two sons, Brandon and Christian.
Chief Financial Officer
Janiece McNichols is the interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at St. Mary-Corwin. We are fortunate to have a seasoned leader join our team in this interim capacity as we continue our CFO search.
Janiece has 25 years of experience in health care finance. Most recently, she served as regional CFO for one year at Hawaii Health Systems in Hilo, HI. Prior to that, she served three years at St. Anthony North where she was responsible for the overall financial operations including analysis, budgeting, financial planning and revenue management. In addition, she oversaw support services encompassing dietary, environmental services and facilities management. Janiece also played a key role in the transition to the new health campus and the repurposing of 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center.
Jennifer Chrisman, RN, MSN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Jennifer Chrisman, RN, MSN, has joined the St. Mary-Corwin leadership team as interim Chief Nursing Officer.
Jenn has served St. Mary-Corwin for 10 years, with a career spanning six years as the clinical manager of several perioperative services including pre-hospital admission and pre-admission testing. Her role expanded to include leadership over the post-anesthesia care unit and gastrointestinal services.
Within the past year, she was promoted to Director of Acute Care Services. She is serving in this interim role until a new CNO is appointed. We thank Jenn for stepping into this interim role to continue the advancement of nursing and nursing leadership at St. Mary-Corwin.