Brian Erling, MD, Named Chief Executive Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

August 24, 2018

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) After a nationwide search, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Board of Directors unanimously selected Brian Erling, MD, as their Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Erling will become one of less than 10 physicians in Colorado to become a Chief Executive Officer of a hospital.

As an accomplished and dynamic leader with experience in both clinical and operational roles, Dr. Erling has served as the Interim CEO for Penrose-St. Francis since March 2018. During this period of transition, he has provided outstanding strategic direction and leadership for the systems’ sustained success while giving emphasis to clinical excellence and the creation of optimal value.

Dr. Erling is passionate about enabling wholeness and changing communities and lives for the better. “Each day I am driven to advance the level of care received by the patients and communities we serve through listening and continuously learning from our committed caregivers,” stated Dr. Erling. “The physicians and staff of Penrose-St. Francis have been delivering exceptional whole person care to the Colorado Springs community for more than a century. It is an honor and a privilege to be a steward of this ministry as we position ourselves for the next hundred years.”

Dr. Erling received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; his Medical Doctorate from John Hopkins University in Baltimore; and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and is board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

“We are excited to have Dr. Erling as our Chief Executive Officer of Penrose-St. Francis. From the moment he stepped into the interim role, he was engaged with our administrative and clinical teams – always looking forward,” stated Steve Self, Penrose-St Francis Board Chair. “He has already created a momentum over these past five months that honors our history and our physicians while advancing our services and mission for the benefit of the communities we serve.”


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