Interim Administrator and Vice President of Operations
Mike Cafasso joined St. Mary-Corwin as the Vice President of Operations in March 2011 to oversee the day to day operation of the hospital and the integration of the hospital in the community.
Prior to joining St. Mary-Corwin Mike served as the Colorado President of The American Bank of Commerce and led Pueblo Bank & Trust as CEO, COO, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Director of Marketing.
A vigorous supporter of the community, Mike has shared his leadership skills as an active member of the St. Mary-Corwin Board of Trustees, as the former Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo's Foundation Board, and as the immediate Past President of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. His other civic duties include serving as a current member of the Board of Water Works of Pueblo, current board member for the Center for Regional Advancement and current board member of the Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo in 1982, Mike continued his education by receiving a diploma from The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 1994, the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. (Leading Creatively), the Disney Institute (The Disney Approach to Managing People and The Disney Approach to Managing Creativity and Innovation), and the Ritz Carlton (Customer Service Quality Training Program) and is a member of the Association for Managers of Innovation. Mike moved to Pueblo as a college student at Colorado State University - Pueblo (then the University of Southern Colorado) to pursue his education and play hockey. From 1976 through 1993 Mike was a team member, coach and general manger for the Pueblo Ravens, a semi-pro hockey club. Returning to the sport in 1998, he was the team assistant coach for the Pueblo County High School team.
Dr. Kern Low, MD, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer
Kern Low began serving as chief medical officer for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. and St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo. in 2017. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and overall operational management of physician services and medical staff administration for both entities. He collaborates with our leadership team to develop strategic plans and policies, provide a multidisciplinary approach to clinical outcome management, and build effective relationships between the hospital and its medical staff to produce safe, quality care and excellent clinical outcomes.
Dr. Low is no stranger to St. Mary-Corwin, having faithfully served Centura Health since 1998 in a variety of physician leadership positions across our operating group. As a practicing family medicine physician with more than 25 years of experience in the clinic setting, inpatient and obstetric care, clinical teaching and leadership, he has established countless significant relationships with patients, members of the medical staff, and other members of the care team including nursing.
Dr. Low was a partner at Comprehensive Family Care Center in Pueblo from 1998-2011, and held various roles at Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM), a clinic located at St. Mary-Corwin, from 1998 to 2013 including faculty, medical student coordinator and clinic director. He earned the SCFM Outstanding Faculty Award and was named the 2012 Colorado Family Physician of the Year award from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). He has held multiple leadership roles within the CAFP including President and Board Chair. He represented the Colorado Chapter by serving on the Congress of Delegates for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He also served a four-year term on the Commission of Continuing Professional Development, and was the 2010 Chair of the Subcommittee on the Annual Scientific Assembly Planning in Denver, Colo. He continues to serve as an associate professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and associate clinical professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Other past positions held by Dr. Low include St. Mary-Corwin Chief of Staff Elect, South State Operating Group Primary Care Medical Director, and most recently Chief Medical Officer at St. Thomas More. We benefit greatly from his experience and energy to advocate for both physicians and patients.
Dr. Low earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology with honors in 1988 at the University of Southern California and his medical degree in 1992 from the Chicago Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in Family Medicine in 1993 and 1995, respectively, from Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He is also a Fellow of the AAFP.
A few highlights of his impressive military career include: Officer-In-Charge, Camp Casey Troop Medical Clinic, Korea; Meritorious Service Medal; Expert Field Medical Badge; Army Commendation Medal and Family Physician at Evans Army Community Hospital, Ft. Carson; and commissioned as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.
While in Hawaii, Dr. Low met his wife, Doris, and together they have two sons, Brandon and Christian.
Chief Financial Officer
Vanessa Kochevar, CFO at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Vanessa Kochevar joined St. Mary-Corwin as the Chief Financial Officer in August 2013. Vanessa comes to St. Mary-Corwin from Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK where she was the CFO.
Prior to working at Deaconess Hospital she worked as the CFO of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid, OK, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV, and Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. This provides her with more than 12 years of progressive experience in acute care hospital settings within both rural and highly-competitive urban markets.
Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Saint Mary College/University in Leavenworth, KS.
Jennifer Chrisman, RN, MSN, has joined the St. Mary-Corwin leadership team as interim Chief Nursing Officer.
Jenn has served St. Mary-Corwin for 10 years, with a career spanning six years as the clinical manager of several perioperative services including pre-hospital admission and pre-admission testing. Her role expanded to include leadership over the post-anesthesia care unit and gastrointestinal services.
Within the past year, she was promoted to Director of Acute Care Services. She is serving in this interim role until a new CNO is appointed. We thank Jenn for stepping into this interim role to continue the advancement of nursing and nursing leadership at St. Mary-Corwin.