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, Des Moines Performing Arts and a Trustee for Grand View University in Des Moines and the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC).


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, Ms. Blair
has had leadership positions in acute care, peri-operative care and performance improvement at UnityPoint Health Des Moines. Ms. Blair led the implementation to open Methodist West Hospital and became its Chief Administrative Office in 2010. A graduate of Iowa Methodist School of nursing, Ms. Blair has a bachelor's degree in science from St. Francis University and masters in health care administration from Des Moines University.  Ms. Blair serves on the Des Moines University MHA Advisory Board  and Kiwanis Club of West Des Moines Board. 


Joe Corfits

Senior Vice President of Finance and 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 is responsible for all financial and treasury functions within UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.  Mr. Corfits overseas all insurance and property matters and currently serves on numerous hospital/physician joint venture boards on behalf of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.   Mr. Corfits served on the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) national Board of Directors from 2005-2008, and is currently the Chair of the Great Outdoors Foundation. 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.


Douglas Dorner, MD

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Dorner practiced as a vascular surgeon in Des Moines for 31 years.  In 1994, he was named Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research and Director of Medical Education at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, and in 2015 became Chief Academic Officer.  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 Board of Directors of the Des Moines Symphony Association and the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium.  In 2008, he was honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with their "Courage to Lead Award" as a national leader in residency education.   He has served as a volunteer site visitor for the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review program since 2013, visiting and reviewing academic medical centers throughout the country.


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 30 years.  Her experience as an administrator, COO and CFO in other healthcare organizations has prepared her well for her current role as the VP of Human Resources and Education with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.  

In 2005, Ms. McDanel joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines as the Executive Director of Integrated Service.  Joyce graduated with a Bachelor of Business from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, has her MBA from the University of Iowa and has obtained Senior Human Resource Professional Certification (SPHR) 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 Better Business Bureau. She also serves as an active member and co-chair of the Funding Collaborative for Central Iowa Works and CareerSTAT, a national initiative to validate and spread the investment in frontline, low-wage earners to move into sustainable wage positions through training and education programs initiated and/or supported by employers.  In those roles, she demonstrates her ability to work with all areas of the organization to accomplish established goals, lead successful change and focus on the development of leaders and frontline staff.

 

Mike Namanny 


Regional Vice President of Operations, Central Iowa, UnityPoint Clinic

Mr. Namanny  is responsible for engaging employed primary care and specialty providers in regional and system-wide strategic initiatives; overseeing the recruitment, retention, development and supervision of clinic administrators; ensuring clinic operations achieves alignment and accountability within the regional system of care; and managing performance to meet UnityPoint Clinic's annual and long-term goals.

Previously, Mr. Namanny was Vice President of Primary Care Services for UnityPoint Clinic ? Peoria. Since joining Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in 1994, he has held a wide variety of operational leadership positions in pharmacy, clinical services and numerous service lines. He received his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a Master's of Business Administration from Bradley University in Peoria.  



Deb Moyer, MPA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

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. She serves on the Boards of Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders , Iowa Hospital Association and Hoyt Sherman Place.


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, 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 physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational medicine, corporate wellness, medical transportation 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, SafeNet Rx, the Downtown Community Alliance, Operation Downtown, the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance and the Executive Advisory Council for the MBA program at Iowa State University.  


David Stark, FACHE

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


Joining UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1996, Mr. Stark is an Iowa native. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 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, a member of Rotary, Principal Charity Classic Board, Iowa Public Television Foundation Board and is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.


Steve Stephenson, MD

President and Chief Operating Officer, Blank Children's Hospital




Dr. Stephenson has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Methodist West. Previously, Dr. Stephenson was Executive Vice President and Medical Director at Blank Children's Hospital. He was also Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Children's Hospital in Central California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and later received his Medical Degree from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Stephenson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of Des Moines Metro Opera Board, and is on the Iowa Poison Control Center Board. In 2005, Dr. Stephenson was awarded the Pediatrics Teacher of the Year for Blank Children's Hospital.

 

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.