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Gunnison Valley Health Leadership

Rob Santilli, Chief Executive Officer

Rob Santilli joined Gunnison Valley Health as CEO in 2012, after 27 years with the Riddle Memorial Health System in Media, Pennsylvania, located outside of Philadelphia. Riddle Health System joined Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson Health to become the largest provider in the Philadelphia region. Rob served as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of Riddle Memorial Hospital where he managed the 250 bed community hospital and positively contributed to the strong operational performance of the Health System.

During his tenure at Gunnison Valley Health, Rob’s strong leadership and vision turned a low performing health system into a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital recognized in the nation eight times. Additionally, he was instrumental in the design and build of the $23 million Senior Care Center, developed the Mountain Clinic as a licensed urgent care and emergency center at Mt. Crested Butte, created a Hospitalist Program as a hybrid model to address critical access hospital needs, and brought numerous new specialists and services to the region.

Rob has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, a BS in Health and Planning Administration from Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top CEO in the nation, Rob continues to redefine rural healthcare and look for opportunities that best serve the health of the Gunnison Valley community.

Wade Baker, Vice President - Administrative Services

Wade Baker’s responsibilities include serving as the Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center. His responsibilities also include executive leadership for the Assisted Living, Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Imaging, Laboratory, Culinary Services, Facilities and Environmental Services. Wade began working for Gunnison Valley Health in 2004.

Wade has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2002. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas.

Wade's passion is Senior Services and he is proud to work for a health system that offers excellence in such a broad continuum of care.

Mark VanderVeer, Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined GVH in August 2019 and has 29 years of Accounting and Finance experience. Most recently he served as Controller, Director of Accounting, and Interim CFO at Cody Regional Health for the past four years. Prior to that he spent nine years with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in various finance leadership roles.

Mark started his career as a CPA working for Coopers & Lybrand. He earned his BBA in Public Accounting from Pace University in 1990.

Mark, his wife and two children enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, snow skiing and other outdoor activities. They are very much looking forward to hitting the slopes in Colorado!

Andy Bertapelle, Chief Nursing Officer

Andy is responsible for overseeing the clinical nursing personnel at GVH and providing a patient-centered experience. A veteran of the US Navy, Andy has served as a Navy Nurse in places such as Rota, Spain and Jacksonville, Florida and has been deployed to northern Kuwait and Djibouti Africa. Throughout his nursing career, he has worked and led nurses in both rural critical access hospitals as well as large trauma centers. Always keeping the patient as the focus of nursing, he is excited to bring his experiences to the team at GVH.

Andy earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Nursing, Healthcare Systems Management from Loyola University and consistently supports the continued educational and professional growth of all nursing staff.

After raising three girls, he and his wife are excited to start their next chapter in a great community where they can be active in the outdoors and be active members of the community.

Christina Lovelace, Director of Human Resources

Christina oversees the Human Resources function across the health system. She joined GVH in 2010 as an HR Specialist and assumed the Director role in 2012.

Christina earned her MBA in 2009 from Florida International University and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Florida in 2006.

Christina moved to Gunnison in January 2010 from Miami, FL where she was born and raised, but has enjoyed all of the benefits of living in a mountain town such as learning to mountain bike, improving her snowboarding skills, and checking 14ers off her list. Christina and her husband welcomed a baby girl in the summer of 2014 and are excited to raise a family in such a wonderful community.

Kylie Murgatroyd, Chief Marketing Officer

Kylie oversees the marketing activities for Gunnison Valley Health. Her responsibilities include strategic messaging for the various entities that encompass the health system as well as overseeing all advertising, sponsorships online activity and public information. Kylie is also involved with organizing special events both internally and externally to engage employees and the community.

After completing a Bachelor of Business in Tourism degree, Kylie has enjoyed over 16 years experience in the marketing field. During her career, she has worked for various industries including a not-for-profit organization, registered training organization, local council and one of Australia’s iconic brands Qantas Airways.

Australian born and bred, Kylie recently moved from a beach-side suburb in New South Wales to live in the stunning Gunnison Valley with her husband and two sons. She thoroughly enjoys her new mountain life with her family, and from time to time, escapes to the coast for a ‘sun, surf and sand’ fix. Kylie thrives on challenging projects and enjoys conceptualizing strategic campaigns that make a positive difference to the local community.

Jenny Birnie, Executive Director Foundation Community Well-Being Liasion

Jenny Birnie is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation and Community Well Being Liaison for Gunnison Valley Health. Jenny previously served as the Executive Director of the Crested Butte Center for the Arts for 12 years. Jenny has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jenny has a long history as a dedicated and passionate leader who is committed to building community support, igniting collaboration and consensus among organizations, and utilizing performance measures to improve overall outcomes for organizations.