UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Leadership

Executive Team of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

Eric Crowell

President and CEO

Mr. Crowell joined UnityPoint Health in 1999 as Senior Vice President. In 2001, he was named President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Before coming to Iowa, he served as President and CEO at Trinity Regional Health System in Moline, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and his Master's in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Crowell serves on several boards in Central Iowa, including the Board of Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines University, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and a Trustee for Grand View University in Des Moines.


Patricia Newland, MD

VP/Medical Director

UnityPoint Clinic - Central Iowa Region


Dr. Newland joined UnityPoint Clinic in 2000 as a board-certified, practicing family physician and was named Vice President and Medical Director of our Central Iowa Region in 2016. She graduated with a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Iowa State University and received her Medical Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency in Des Moines. She was previously Medical Director of Quality for UnityPoint Clinic. In addition, Dr. Newland is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Associate for Physician Leadership.


Chris Blair, MHA, RN

Chief Administrative Officer at Methodist West Hospital

With more than 25 years of diverse nursing and hospital leadership experience, Chris has had leadership positions in acute care, peri-operative care and performance improvement at UnityPoint Health Des Moines. Chris led the implementation to open Methodist West and became its Chief Administrative Office in 2010. A graduate of Iowa Methodist School of nursing, Chris has a bachelor's degree in science from St. Francis University and masters in health care administration from Des Moines University. 


David Burlage

Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Burlage has served in the UnityPoint Health Law Department since 1999. Prior to coming to Iowa, Mr. Burlage lived in Colorado where he represented various hospitals and licensed health care professionals, and also worked in the Attorney General's Office. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Mr. Burlage is a member of The American Health Lawyers Association and Iowa Bar Association.


Joe Corfits

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Corfits joined Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 1978 as a staff accountant. Mr. Corfits held several different positions within the Finance Department before being named Senior Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1996. Before coming to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Mr. Corfits served as Corporate Tax Auditor at the Iowa Department of Revenue. Mr. Corfits received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota and his MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has served on the National Board of Directors for HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association). He currently is on the Board of The Downtown Community Alliance and a number of joint venture boards for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.


Douglas Dorner, MD

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Dorner practiced as a vascular surgeon in Des Moines for 31 years. Since 1994, he has served as Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research and Director of Medical Education at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. From 2000 to 2007, he also served as Program Director of the Surgery Residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dorner is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, a member of many surgical and medical education organizations, and is a past president of the Midwest Surgical Association. Dr. Dorner currently serves on the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council. In 2008, he was honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with their "Courage to Lead Award" as a national leader in residency education.


Dennis W. Linderbaum

President, UnityPoint Health Foundation

Mr. Linderbaum has been president of the UnityPoint Health Foundation since 2001. Prior to his joining the Foundation, he served for 14 years as president of the Iowa College Foundation, an organization that raises funds for Iowa's independent colleges and universities. Mr. Linderbaum currently serves on the Rotary Club of DMAM Foundation Board, is a past president of the Rotary Club of DMAM and is also a longtime member of the Interchange Business Club. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from Luther College, and his Master of Arts in political science from Iowa State University.  


Eric L. Lothe, FACHE

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines



Mr. Lothe currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Health Enterprises of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Lothe has also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa and Community Memorial Hospital in northern Iowa. Mr. Lothe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various boards including the Institutional Review Board, West Lakes Sleep Center Board, and Iowa Diagnostic and Imaging Board, and the Central Iowa Oncology Co-Management Board. 

 

Joyce McDanel

Vice President of Human Resources and Education, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Ms. McDanel has been involved in healthcare leadership for more than 20 years. Her experience as an administrator and a COO in other health care organizations has prepared her well for her role as the VP of Human Resources & Education with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. In 2005, Ms. McDanel joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines as the Executive Director of Integrated Service. More recently, she served as the interim Executive Director for John Stoddard Cancer Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Washburn University located in Topeka, Kansas, has her MBA from the University of Iowa and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. McDanel is an active member of the local and national Human Resource Professional organizations, Society of Human Resource Management and serves on the board for the United Service Credit Union and also serves as an active member of the CIW Careers in Health Care committee as part of the Central Iowa Works initiative. In those roles, she demonstrated her ability to work with all areas of the organization to accomplish established goals, lead successful change and focus on the development of staff.




Deb Moyer, BSN, MPA, RN

Chief Nursing Executive/Vice President of Nursing Services

Ms. Moyer joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2010 as Chief Nursing Executive/Vice President, Nursing Services. Ms. Moyer brings a diverse background in healthcare and leadership.  She began her career with Iowa Methodist as a staff nurse, moved into management and then to the role of executive director of surgical services.  Ms. Moyer has a bachelor's in nursing from University of Iowa and a master's in public administration (health care focus) from Drake University.  She completed a National Patient Safety Fellowship sponsored by Health Research and Educational Trust and the American Hospital Association. 


Thomas P. Mulrooney, FACHE

Vice President Surgical and Cardiovascular Services


Mr. Mulrooney joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2005 and currently serves as the Vice President of Surgical and Cardiovascular Services. Mr. Mulrooney previously served as interim CEO at Story County Medical Center and Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Radiology at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. He received his undergraduate degree in Management and Master's in Health Administration from The University of Iowa. Mr. Mulrooney is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves as the Treasurer for the Iowa Association of Healthcare Leaders, a board member for the Free Clinics of Iowa, an adjunct faculty member for The University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy and graduated from the UnityPoint Health Management Leadership Academy.  


Mark Purtle, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Purtle joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1986 as a physician and was named Vice President of Medical Affairs for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2001. He graduated with a bachelor of science in chemistry from Creighton University and received his Medical Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After graduation Dr. Purtle moved to Rochester, New York where he was a resident at Strong Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, is a member of American College of Physicians Executives, American Medical Association, Fellow in American College of Physicians and Iowa Medical Society.


Sid Ramsey

Vice President of Marketing/Business Development


Mr. Ramsey has served as the senior marketing and planning officer with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines since 2000. Additionally, he has administrative responsibilities for occupational medicine, corporate wellness and the rural hospital network. Prior to this role, Mr. Ramsey held a number of management positions in the health system including executive director positions in business development and rehabilitation. Mr. Ramsey has a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa and Master's in Business Administration from Iowa State University. He is active in community non-profit organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the Science Center of Iowa, the Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation, the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.


Matthew Romanin, CPME

Vice President of Operations, UnityPoint Clinic

Matthew Romanin is a physician practice executive with extensive leadership experience in physician-led multispecialty group practices, including physician practice operations, strategic planning, ancillary programming, and facility development.  Before joining UnityPoint Clinic,  Matthew served as the Chief Operating Officer for the South Bend Clinic, LLP in South Bend, Indiana for over nine years. Prior to that, he served in health care administration roles at other health care facilities, including Arnett Clinic, Luther Midelfort (part of Mayo Health System), the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and more.



Matthew holds a Master's degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Iowa, where he also completed his bachelor's degree in nursing.  He is recognized as a Certified Medical Practice Executive and holds memberships in several health care administration organizations.


David Stark, FACHE

President/Chief Operating Officer of Blank Children's Hospital

Executive Vice President of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines


Joining UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1996, Mr. Stark is an Iowa native. He currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Blank Children's Hospital and Executive Vice President for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Management and his Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Iowa. Mr. Stark is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the YMCA Board, Blank Park Zoo Board, ISU Council on Management/Marketing, a member of Rotary, is on the executive committee of the Iowa Association of Healthcare Leaders, and is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.


 

John Yost, MD

Vice President Medical Education and Research

A general internist, Dr. Yost has been Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program since 2006. He began his medical career with the United States Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1995 having been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (2). He has held numerous teaching positions and has been recognized as an outstanding educator.