Nurturing the health of our community
Centura Health Physician Group is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the region and serves as a cornerstone of the Centura Health network of care. With more than 130 physician practices and over 700 providers, we're connecting consumers to state-of-the-art technology, clinical resources and vast professional expertise to keep them healthier.
At Centura Health Physician Group, we combine the best tools, resources and minds with quality, compassion and service. Although our over 700 providers differ in their expertise, they share a care philosophy that centers on keeping patients healthier by treating the whole person rather than a single illness or injury. Our approach to care not only nurtures the health of those in our community, but also increases value for the patients we serve.
Executive Leadership TeamFull Profile
Scott Ellner, DO
CEO, Centura Health Physician Group
Scott Ellner, DO, joined Centura Health in January 2016 as CEO of the Centura Health Physician Group. Dr. Ellner’s passion to lead a multi-specialty practice will help CHPG continue to mature into a high performing, clinically-integrated multi-specialty group poised to manage the health of hundreds of thousands across the region.
Dr. Ellner’s previous roles prove his commitment to ensuring that physicians, patients and hospitals work together to produce high-quality results. Most recently he helped Saint Francis Medical Group, a 400-provider multi-specialty practice in Connecticut, to grow and evolve amid the changing reimbursement and regulatory environment as its president and vice chairman, Surgical Service Line. As an educator, surgeon and public health leader, he has been responsible for many widely admired patient safety initiatives.
Dr. Ellner loves interacting with the public as well as with his fellow physicians and is an esteemed published author in 20-plus publications and 200-plus speaking engagements.Full Profile
Chief Operations Officer, CPA
Marnie Iorio is the Chief Operations Officer for Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG). In her role, Marnie is responsible for managing all aspects of clinical site operations, including revenue and sales growth, cost and margin improvement as well as expansion and growth of services, physician relations and support. She collaborates with system leadership to continuously improve our group by pursuing new service lines and professional opportunities.
Marnie started at CHPG in July 2015 and served as our Chief Financial Officer until Dec. 2016. Prior to joining CHPG, Marnie enjoyed a health care career spanning over two decades; beginning in the early 1990s as a finance executive for a large insurance company, followed by over 10 years as an executive in two large independent physician groups; Colorado Springs Health Partners (CSHP), and RIA/Invision Sally Jobe in Denver. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the employed provider network at SCL Health.Full Profile
Chief Financial Officer
Priscilla Needham is the Chief Financial Officer for Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG). In her role, Priscilla is responsible for leading the finance team by providing expertise and oversight regarding financial analysis and operational support.
Priscilla started at CHPG in March 2017. Prior to joining CHPG, Priscilla had a career spanning finance roles within a Fortune 500 Telecommunication company, regional health center, and healthcare internal audit group with the last nine years spent working for a Centura Health parent organization, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). Most recently, she served as the VP of Finance at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, Ark., where she provided leadership to a wide range of national and local system initiatives and committees, as well as operational areas.Full Profile
Ellen Burkett, MD
Vice President of Primary Care Strategy
Ellen Burkett, MD, is the Vice President of Primary Care Strategy for Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG). She works in close collaboration with operating group leadership and other Centura Health leaders to ensure the success of our primary care service line. Dr. Burkett has a passion for improving the sustainability of primary care.
Dr. Burkett is board-certified in internal medicine and has been practicing since 1994. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor of science in nursing in 1978 and received her doctor of medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1987. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.
Dr. Burkett currently serves on the Colorado Health Neighborhoods (CHN) and FullWell board of directors and is an active member of the American College of Physicians, the Colorado Medical Society and the American Medical Association.Full Profile
Sunmee (Sue) Lee, MD
Vice President of Specialty Care Strategy
Sunmee (Sue) Lee, MD, is the Vice President of Specialty Care Strategy for Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG). She works in close collaboration with the CHPG executive team, medical directors and strategic partners to guide strategies that will ensure the success of our specialty care service line.
Dr. Lee received her doctor of medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in 1992 and completed OB/GYN residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. in 1996, serving her final year as a chief resident. She also served in the US Army as an active duty officer and physician, honorably discharged as Major Promotable in 2003. Dr. Lee is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a member of Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Dr. Lee currently practices at Integrated OB/GYN at Parker and previously served as the Medical Director of the CHPG women’s health service line for five years.Full Profile
Nick Piantanida, MD
Vice President of Primary and Specialty Care, SSOG
Nick Piantanida, MD, serves as vice president of primary and specialty care for Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) South State Operating Group (SSOG). In his role, Dr. Piantanida has oversight of our primary and specialty care service lines in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City markets, where he works in close collaboration with leaders across the Centura Health system. In addition to his clinical practice at CHPG Primary Care Broadmoor, Dr. Piantanida has eight years of executive health care leadership experience, including serving as a CHPG medical director for two years.
Dr. Piantanida is passionate about patient-centered care and partnering with his patients to optimize their health and educating patients so they can make healthy lifestyle choices.
Dr. Piantanida is a Board-certified Family Medicine physician and holds a certificate of additional qualification in sports medicine. He received his education from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and trained at the Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA.
Board of Directors
- Raymond Mencini, MD
- Oswaldo Grenardo, MD
- Mandi Beman, MD
- Morre Dean
- Tom Gessel
- Toni Green-Cheatwood, DO
- Scott Hallgren, DO
- Randal Jernigan, MD
- Peter Sabey
- Margaret Sabin
- Edward Sim