Saint Joseph Hospital CEO Resigns

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SCL Health
Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs

Denver, CO (June 2, 2015) – With the successful opening of a new hospital on time and under budget, and with an important strategic partnership with National Jewish Health thriving one year later, Saint Joseph Hospital President and CEO Bain Farris is leaving to pursue new endeavors. His last day will be June 10.

Barb Jahn, Chief Operating Officer at Saint Joseph Hospital, will serve as interim president while a national search is conducted.

Farris joined SCL Health, Saint Joseph Hospital’s parent health system, in 2007 and served in a number of leadership roles for the $2.4 billion Catholic system. He was appointed President and CEO of Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver's oldest private teaching hospital, in January 2010. Among his many accomplishments, he helped lead the transition from a historic, aging hospital to a $623 million, state-of-the-art replacement facility next door. During that same time, he played an instrumental role in forging a joint operating agreement between SCL Health and National Jewish Health to improve clinical excellence and create more highly coordinated patient care.

"We are grateful for the many years of leadership and service Bain has given our health ministry, improving the lives of our patients, staff and physicians," said Michael Taylor, SCL Health's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hospital Operations, Michael Taylor. "His accomplishments will continue to benefit our organization for years to come, and we wish him the very best."

Saint Joseph Hospital is nationally recognized for its quality, including being a recent recipient of the Healthgrades® 2015 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™.

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.  Our $2.4 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our eight hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $226 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit


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