Policy & Advocacy

CHA Advocacy Team

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has a strong team of advocates that represent all 95 of its member hospitals and health systems. The united voice of these advocates is a powerful tool in protecting Colorado patients and the hospitals that serve them. Each week during the legislative session, the advocacy team meets to review relevant health legislation and to develop a plan of action to ensure hospitals are heard.

CHA Contacts

Ginny Brown
Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

Tom Hill
Director of Regulatory Policy

Susan Rudy
Director of Advocacy Services

CHA Legislative Council

In cooperation with CHA staff, the CHA Legislative Council helps to review pending legislation and determine its direct impact on CHA member hospitals. This advisory committee is composed of hospital executives ranging in type from chief executive officers to government and public relations directors from both urban and rural facilities. Their keen insight into the daily operations of Colorado’s hospitals is an invaluable tool in evaluating proposed legislation and its overall affect on the community, patients and providers.


Jeffrey Thompson
Director of Government and Corporate Relations
University of Colorado Health

Vice Chair

Deborah Dale
Chief Executive Officer
Select Specialty Hospital - Denver


Jane Barnes
Director of Consumer and Government Affairs
Centura Health

Heidi Baskfield
Director of Public Affairs
Children's Hospital Colorado

Elicia Bunch
Chief Executive Officer
Centennial Peaks Hospital

Nancy Engle
Government Affairs Advocate
Memorial Hospital

Patricia Givens
Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders

Stephen Schaefer
Chief Executive Officer
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs

Sara Smith
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development

Debbie Welle-Powell
Vice President of Payer Strategy and Legislative Affairs
Exempla Healthcare

Jacqueline Zheleznyak
Manager of Government Relations
Denver Health

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