Tim Bowen – President and CEO Care Synergy Network
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 needs for quality, compassionate end-of-life care.
Tim is responsible for ensuring that Care Synergy fulfills its mission to provide care, comfort, and compassion to the individuals, families, and communities the member organizations are honored and privileged to serve, achieving that goal by living 6 Core Values: Innovation, Positivity, Excellence, Collaboration, Openness, and Growth.
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, broadening its clinical services to include five freestanding hospice care centers, a palliative care service and in-house home medical equipment business while growing to care for more than 750 hospice patients and families each day. Haven Hospice 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 levels. He was Director of Patient Care for Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida; National Director of Hospice Development for Olsten Kimberly Quality Care; National Hospice Director for Staff Builders Healthcare Services; and Hospice Director for Mid-Peninsula/Pathways Hospice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tim has been an active leader and advocates 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 who share best practices and benchmarking data with the goal of improving patient care while positioning members to provide referral sources and payors with differentiating qualitative and quantitative measures. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the NHPCO’s Hospice Action Network and he has served on a number of other NHPCO groups, including the Council of States, Standards and Accreditation Committee, and Managed Care Advisory Committee. While at Haven Hospice, Tim served two terms as President of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association and chaired a number of committees over the years.
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.
Dawn Darvalics – President
Dawn Darvalics is a healthcare executive with over 18 years of experience in hospice and palliative care. Dawn’s career includes working for national hospice and palliative care providers, non-profit community-based hospices, and international consulting firms including KPMG and Arthur Anderson.
In the role of President at Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Dawn is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission to care for all in need of expert hospice and palliative care services in the Colorado Springs area. Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care is an affiliate member of Care Synergy’s network of non-profit home health, palliative care, and hospice organizations across Colorado’s Front Range. Prior to being named President of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Dawn worked at Care Synergy and The Denver Hospice, leading quality, compliance, and education initiatives.
Dawn began her career in end-of-life care at VITAS Healthcare where she served for 10 years. At Vitas, Dawn was the national general manager of VITAS Palliative Care Solutions. In this role, Dawn launched the palliative medicine division. She was responsible for standing up palliative medicine practices across the company and overseeing operations including centralized practice support. Prior to that Dawn served as Interim General Manager of VITAS’ Chicago Central Program, led the implementation of VITAS’ electronic medical record system across the company, and was Associate General Manager of the South Florida region.
Prior to joining VITAS, Dawn worked for Arthur Andersen and KPMG Business Consulting’s change management and performance improvement divisions. She focused on large-scale change management initiatives, such as enterprise resource planning software and shared services center implementations.
Prior to arriving in Colorado, Dawn worked at Aspire Health based in Nashville as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Aspire Institute, the company’s internal learning and development department. She focused on aligning learning and development with organizational objectives. Dawn also served as an executive management consultant for Ohio’s Hospice Incorporated, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Caring Foundations where she focused on improving the quality of care through operational optimization.
Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. She is a Certified Project Management Professional and PROSCI Change Practitioner.
Paolo Gregorio Bahr, D.O. – Medical Director
Dr. Bahr is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He comes to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care from UC Health, where he worked as a family medicine physician.
Dr. Bahr has spent much of his career in the Pikes Peak region, including residency training at St. Mary Corwin hospital in Pueblo, Colorado. He has practiced full-spectrum family medicine and urgent care medicine in Colorado Springs. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Bahr taught medical students as adjunct faculty for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has held several medical leadership roles.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bahr has consistently dedicated himself to helping the underserved. Prior to his medical career, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde West Africa, where he worked to improve water quality. As a physician, Dr. Bahr provided care in rural Anthony, New Mexico through the National Health Service Corps and volunteered at the Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs.
In total, Dr. Bahr brings more than 20 years of experience as a physician to PPHPC and has been awarded the title of “Top Doc” by his peers in Style magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In his role as Medical Director for PPHPC, Dr. Bahr will provide medical oversight and direction for hospice and palliative care patients.
Dee Licona – Director of Business Development
Dee Licona joins the Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care (PPHPC) staff as experienced business development, marketing and sales professional with more than 10 years of experience.
Coming from Florida, where she was with VITAS Healthcare, Dee has worked in a number of progressively responsible roles in outreach and business development.
At PPHPC, she leads our team of Admissions Professionals and Community Liaisons. Her focus is educating medical professionals in the community about hospice and palliative care services and the positive impact these services have on providing high-quality care for patients and families.
Dee brings personal knowledge as well as specialized training and skills in outreach to various patient populations, including Hispanic and Veteran populations.
Brandie Rives – Director of Clinical Services
Brandie Rives, MSN, RN, is a master’s prepared registered nurse who specializes in Clinical Leadership, and brings over 10 years of clinical experience to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. She is patient and family focused, and leads her teams to excellence in clinical practice and customer service. Brandie specializes in building a competent and compassionate culture.
Brandie also has years of experience in acute care settings, including work in hospital oncology and ICU settings and the managing of a 24 bed medical surgery and 12 bed step down unit.
As an educator, Brandie has taught for Pueblo Community College both as a faculty member and clinical instructor.
April Romero – Director of Quality, Compliance and Education
April Romero, BSN, RN, has more than 10 years of health care experience including six years in hospice and palliative care. April started her hospice career as an admission nurse for Sangre De Cristo Hospice, and was quickly promoted to oversee their Palliative Care program. April started with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care in 2016. She has served as an outpatient team clinical manager and admissions team clinical manager. April is deeply committed to our mission, employee base, and organization overall. She focuses on providing the patients we serve with the highest quality care and service.