Colorado system's 1st female CEO to retire; COO to take helm

Parkview Health System President and CEO Leslie Barnes will retire effective May 31, and Vice President and COO Darrin Smith will succeed Ms. Barnes effective June 1, according to a news release shared with Becker's

Ms. Barnes became the first woman to serve as CEO of Parkview in 2019. She has 26 years of experience with the Pueblo, Colo.-based organization total, according to the release. Before taking the helm, she served as the hospital's vice president and COO. She also previously held roles as controller, CFO and senior vice president.

As president and CEO, Mr. Smith will oversee a senior leadership team and Parkview's 3,000 employees, according to the release. 

Mr. Smith was named senior vice president and COO of Parkview when Ms. Barnes took the helm. Before that, he served as vice president of human resources at Parkview. 

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