Chief Executive Officer
Mike Cafasso has served as 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 Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2018.
A Massachusetts native, Mike relocated to Colorado to attend Colorado State University-Pueblo (formerly University of Southern Colorado) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He attended and completed Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Prior to joining St. Mary-Corwin, Mike served as Colorado President for the American Bank of Commerce. He also led Pueblo Bank and Trust as President and CEO with their expansion into several Colorado markets.
Mike has an extensive background in customer service programming and developing innovative practices. He has completed programs at Disney Institute, Ritz Carlton, Nordstrom’s, Lands’ End, and the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a current board member for the Association for Managers of Innovation (Aminnovation.org) – a pioneering organization of committed individuals who foster and leverage creativity and innovation in organizations and society.
As an active supporter of Colorado communities, Mike has served on Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board, Co-Chaired Access Denver, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado Boards. He currently serves as an elected member of the Board of Water Works of Pueblo and reappointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as a Colorado State Fair Commissioner.
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.
Jennifer Chrisman, RN, MSN
Director of Nursing
Jennifer Chrisman, RN, MSN, is a member of the executive team at St. Mary-Corwin serving as Director of Nursing, which includes leadership of perioperative services. She provides effective leadership and coordination amongst the departments that deliver nursing care, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the OR.
Jenn has dedicated the past 13 years of her career to St. Mary-Corwin. She started with six years of service as the clinical manager of several perioperative services including perioperative holding area and pre-admission testing. Her role then expanded to include leadership over the post-anesthesia care unit and gastrointestinal services. All of her experience has led her to this new role as the senior nurse leader at St. Mary-Corwin.
We are fortunate to have a seasoned leader like Jenn on our team who leads with integrity, respect, and compassion for others. She maintains an active leadership role in collaboration with the hospital’s board of trustees, senior leadership, medical staff, management, and other clinical leaders in the decision-making structure and process.
Steve Hannah, MHA
Interim Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Steve Hannah, MHA, joined St. Mary-Corwin in November 2017 as an executive advisor, and recently was named Interim Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Steve serves as a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for the departments of finance, revenue cycle, facilities, environmental services, patient registration and nutrition services.
Steve has an extensive background in health care administration. As a Colorado native, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., and his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif. Prior to joining St. Mary-Corwin, he held the position of CEO for Montrose Memorial Hospital, and has held numerous leadership positions spanning his 20-year career.
Steve Simerville, MD
Director of Medical Affairs
Steve Simerville, MD, serves St. Mary-Corwin as Director of Medical Affairs. Dr. Simerville has dedicated more than 12 years of his career to St. Mary-Corwin and the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency Clinic (SCFM). He has served as Chairman of the Pediatric Department while also serving five years as Medical Director of Inpatient Services. His last five years were spent as Medical Director of the NICU and Pediatrics service line. He has also served on the Community Board and as a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Dr. Simerville is a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Chairman of the Ethics committee, Chairman of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee and Chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Committee.
His role includes participation in the planning, organizing and administration of the medical system in clinical quality, assurance and quality improvement, medical staff services, medical education and physician relations. Dr. Simerville also serves as a liaison between the physicians and hospital administration while supporting and advising care coordination services as needed.
We are grateful to have such a strong leader come from within our Centura family. Dr. Simerville knows our incredible people and has proven excellence in his field and compassion for our patients.