The Denver Hospice

For over three decades, more than 60,000 patients and their family members have turned to us for care and comfort during difficult times.
As Colorado’s leader in hospice and palliative care we are committed to caring for everyone who comes through our door wherever they call home.
The Denver Hospice cares for the elderly at the end of their long, rich lives, those struck far too young by advanced illness, offers comfort to those who choose to battle their life-limiting illness, offers comfort and grief counseling to families and friends.

Our Executive Team

The Denver Hospice is committed to developing world class care-givers. The foundation is rooted in our diverse and experienced team of executive professionals. Meet our executive team.
 Tim Bowen
President & CEO Care Synergy
CEO The Denver Hospice
CEO Halcyon Hospice &
Palliative Care
CEO Pathways Hospice
CEO Pikes Peak Hospice

Tim Bowen brings nearly 30 years of hospice experience to his position as President and CEO of Care Synergy, an organization formed in 2014 by three premiere Front Range not-for-profit hospice providers to create a care delivery model that is better and more efficient than any single provider could build. Under Tim’s leadership, the Care Synergy operating model will enable its members—Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins, The Denver Hospice, and Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care in Mead—to grow to meet the community’s needs for quality, compassionate end-of-life care.

Tim came to Care Synergy in February 2015 after 15 years as President of Haven Hospice, a large community-based hospice and palliative care provider serving 18 urban and rural counties across much of North Florida. Haven Hospice expanded significantly during Tim’s tenure. It won the prestigious Circle of Life Award presented annually by the American Hospital Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to healthcare providers that demonstrate excellence and innovation in end-of-life and palliative care.

Tim began his career as a medical social worker and progressed in management and leadership positions with both not-for-profit and for-profit hospice providers at the local, regional and national level.
Tim has been an active leader and advocate for hospice throughout his career. He co-founded the National Hospice Executive Roundtable, a group of chief executives of leading not-for-profit hospices from around the country.
Tim earned a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of San Diego.


 Janelle McCallum, RN, BSN, MSM

A seasoned hospice leader who began her career as a bedside nurse, Janelle McCallum serves as President of both The Denver Hospice, Colorado’s largest and one of its oldest end-of-life care organizations, and Optio Health Services, a palliative care service that provides pain and symptom management in patient’s homes.

Janelle is currently responsible for administration and supervision of all organizational services and operations for The Denver Hospice. As a leader of The Denver Hospice (formerly Hospice of Metro Denver), Janelle was instrumental in the planning and opening of the Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, launching of the palliative care service and developing innovative training and development programs for clinical staff. Before joining The Denver Hospice, Janelle had served as Director of Nursing for another legacy hospice provider serving the Denver area.
As a nursing advocate and leader, Janelle in 2010 won the Spirit of Hospice Award presented by the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (COCHPC) and in 2012 she received the group’s President’s Award. During her tenure as Chief Operating and Quality Officer, The Denver Hospice in 2013 won the prestigious Circle of Life Award, which is presented annually by the American Hospital Association and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to honor innovative palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities and other direct care providers.
Janelle obtained a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Regis University, Denver, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.
 Sean M. Goergen
Vice President of Philanthropy

Sean Goergen brings a passion for healthcare and a unique understanding of the value of philanthropy and community support to his position as Vice President of Development for The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services. In his role, Sean oversees development of The Denver Hospice’s fundraising strategies and all aspects of the organization’s multi-channel development activities. Although he has spent the last 15 years progressing through a variety of management and leadership positions in healthcare development, Sean began his professional career as a social worker, where he witnessed first hand the strong bonds between philanthropic support and the mission fulfillment activities of dedicated healthcare providers. Sean’s focus has been on annual gifts, major gifts and planned giving; his past experience includes Aurora Healthcare, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Round-Up River Ranch and Centura Healthcare. Sean is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Denver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and he is active in a number of other professional fundraising organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Denver’s Regis University and he is a graduate of Denver University’s Institute for Leaders in Development.

 Keri Jaeger, BSN, MBA
Chief of Business Strategy
and Business Development

Keri Jaeger, Chief of Business Strategy and Business Development, is responsible for leading the overall growth of the business, including hospice and non-hospice services. She also oversees sales and marketing, community outreach activities, and public relations. Keri has over 20 years experience in healthcare, developing models for acute healthcare and community transitional care. Keri came to The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services from Centura Heath, where she was Administrator of Business Development for St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO.

Kemper_Bruce_cropped101_DenverHospicePortraits_08Dec2014.jpgBruce Kemper, RN
Director of Opperational Support



​Bruce Kemper is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a long-time nursing and healthcare professional. For nearly 40 years, he has developed expertise in acute and post-acute care for a wide range of patients, including pediatric and elderly patients. Over the past 20 years, he has led care teams providing high-quality hospice and home-based health care in both urban and rural communities. Bruce joined The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services in 2014, working with all support divisions and overseeing palliative care teams. Bruce’s passion for in-home care began in rural Vermont serving chronically-ill, ventilator dependent children and adults. He has applied his passion and skills to extension work in Chicago, New Mexico and now Colorado, his home state.


Susan Lasker-Hertz, RN, MSN
Director of Hospice Services


Susan Lasker Hertz has served as the Director of Hospice Services for 10 years, leading operations at the Inpatient Care Center as well as hospice care in patient homes and other facilities. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Georgetown University and earned her Master's degree from University of Pennsylvania. Susan’s 35-year career as a RN includes experience in oncology nursing, oncology/BMT administration and hospice and palliative care as well as certifications as Advanced Oncology Nurse and Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter, a national nursing honor society and recipient of the annual Spirit of Hospice Award in 2011. Susan has been a featured speaker - nationally and locally - on issues ranging from oncology/hospice nursing to leadership and process improvement in the care industry. Her expertise has also extended to authoring oncology-related articles and co-authoring chapters in the 1st and 2nd editions of Nursing Management, Principles and Practice.


Shirlee Turner, MD
Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Shirlee Turner serves as Chief Medical Officer of The Denver Hospice, the Denver area’s oldest and most trusted end-of-life care provider. She was promoted in December 2015 from her role as Medical Director of The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, the area’s only dedicated inpatient hospice center. As Chief Medical Officer of The Denver Hospice, Dr. Turner is responsible for the organization’s clinical programs.  She works closely with palliative care and hospice staff, department directors, and physicians to ensure that the highest standards of quality and service are maintained.  
In her career, Dr. Turner has served as a Regional Medical Director for Optum Health and as a Medical Director for Shalom Cares, Shalom Hospice/Palliative Care and Shalom Home Health Services. She previously held a variety of staff physician appointments in family practice and urgent care in Colorado and California. After medical school she served as a General Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Dr. Turner is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and family practice. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Medical Directors Association and Colorado Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Turner obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee and her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Fisk University, Nashville.