SCL Health Appoints President of Saint Joseph Hospital

Denver, CO (October 9, 2015) – SCL Health is pleased to appoint Jameson (Jamie) Smith as President of Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Smith comes to the hospital from Centura Health, where he served as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, in Colorado Springs. In his new role, Smith will also oversee the Joint Operating Agreement between Saint Joseph Hospital and National Jewish Health. Smith will start on Nov. 16.

Jamie Smith"I am privileged and honored to lead such an extraordinary hospital," Smith said. "Saint Joseph Hospital is Denver’s first private hospital, yet with a new facility less than one year old, it’s also one of the most state-of-the-art. This, coupled with its charitable mission, reputation, and partnership with National Jewish, sets it apart among healthcare providers."

Smith worked for Centura Health in various leadership roles since 2008. Prior to that, he worked with Tenet Healthcare for five years as Vice President, Operations at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., and as Associate Administrator at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Earlier in his career, he was a Medical Platoon Leader in the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas, where he led a 35-man combat medic platoon attached to a heavy infantry battalion of more than 700 soldiers. He also served as the Administrator of the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for nearly two years, and worked in leadership roles in financial services companies.

"Jamie was instrumental in his previous leadership roles developing strategies and operational plans that enhanced patient care, created cultures of excellence, and strengthened relationships with physicians and community leaders," said Michael Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Hospital Operations for SCL Health. "We are excited for what he will contribute to our Denver community and Saint Joseph family."

Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2002 from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He completed Basic Officer Leadership from the U.S. Army Medical Department in 1994.

He takes over for Barb Jahn, Chief Operating Officer of Saint Joseph Hospital, who has been serving as the Interim President since Bain Farris left in June 2015. She has been a tremendous asset during this transition and will continue to be a high-impact leader at Saint Joseph and SCL Health going forward.

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

About Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital was founded in Denver in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, as the first private hospital in Colorado. Today, it continues as the largest private teaching hospital in Denver. The hospital provides a tradition of healthcare that includes compassionate caregivers, stellar clinical expertise and an active partnership with Kaiser Permanente and community physicians. Saint Joseph Hospital is nationally recognized for its clinical performance. In June 2014, National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital signed a joint operating agreement that allows the two organizations to collaborate on inpatient and outpatient care. To learn more, visit Follow us on Facebook at StJoesDenver or on Twitter @StJoesDenver.


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