Children’s Hospital Colorado announced today its southern Colorado leadership team, which includes former Penrose-St. Francis Health Services CEO Margaret Sabin, who will assume the role of Southern Region president for Children’s Colorado on Jan. 7.

Margaret Sabin

The leadership team will oversee the strategy and operations of the new Colorado Springs hospital, which is expected to open in late spring, and its Southern Region.

“This group of medical experts and professionals carry with them experience in pediatrics, a strong connection to Colorado Springs, and a deep commitment to Children’s Colorado and our mission,” said Jena Hausmann, president and chief executive officer for Children’s Colorado, in a news release. “I am confident that this group will lead our team in achieving our mission in southern Colorado: Child Health. Reimagined. Realized.”

Sabin will be leading the hospital’s efforts to grow community partnerships, philanthropy and awareness while bolstering its regional population health strategy, the release said.

“I am honored to join Children’s Colorado and continue to expand the great work this organization is doing in our community,” Sabin said in the release. “A key part of Children’s Colorado’s mission — which I strongly connect with — is keeping kids healthy and out of the hospital when we can. That work truly takes a village of business, community and philanthropic partners. I could not be more excited to be on this team during this transformational time.”

Sabin left Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems, which operates under the umbrella of Centura Health, in March after nearly a decade. As CEO, Sabin oversaw Colorado Springs operations and those at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo and St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City. Centura’s board of directors moved Sabin out of the Cañon City and Pueblo markets in August 2016, asking her to focus exclusively on the Pikes Peak region. A third hospital campus, which was to be constructed at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street, was planned and announced during Sabin’s tenure but has been reconsidered since her departure.

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Sabin is recognized as a national leader in population health management and, as a certified fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise, “Margaret’s passion for connecting social platforms with community partners — and preventing health problems before they start — is a mission directly aligned to that of Children’s Colorado,” the release said.

“Margaret has been a pillar in the Colorado Springs healthcare community over the last decade and brings exceptional leadership skills and hospital administration expertise,” Greg Raymond, regional chief operating officer for Children’s Colorado’s Southern Region, said in the release. “I am truly excited to see what we will accomplish together in 2019.”

Greg Raymond

Currently the regional vice president for Children’s Colorado’s Southern Region, Raymond has spent the last 17 of his nearly 20 years in health care management and operations at Children’s Colorado. He has been responsible for the organization’s southern Colorado operations since 2013, including leading the planning of the new Colorado Springs hospital. His role will expand to include oversight of strategy and daily operations for the new 111-bed facility, and support of clinical programs throughout southern Colorado.

Also joining the leadership team will be Dr. Mike DiStefano, who will serve as the new regional chief medical officer beginning in January. He will replace Dr. Bill Hardin, associate chief medical officer for Children’s Colorado in southern Colorado, who is retiring after more than 40 years in pediatric medicine. Pam Johnson-Carlson will assume the role of regional chief nursing officer.