• 1375 East 19th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
  • 303-812-2000

Hospital Leadership

Bain J. Farris

President and CEO


Bain has diverse management experience in the fields of health care and health insurance. Bain has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in Catholic health care. Prior to joining Saint Joseph Hospital in 2010, Bain served on the SCL Health senior leadership team and managed a variety of complex financial and operational initiatives in SCL Health hospitals. He served as the Interim CEO for St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. He also served as the Site Administrator for Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas. Bain also served as President and CEO of the $1 billion Daughters of Charity Health System, where he oversaw business operations and strategic direction for five hospitals and medical centers spanning the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President for Anthem, the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan that began in Indiana and became Wellpoint. He also served as President and CEO of the 650-bed St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, the largest hospital in the Daughters of Charity Health System (now Ascension Health). During his time at St. Vincent, he was involved in the hospital's relocation; and as CEO he oversaw a $140-million addition to the hospital. Bain received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marian College in Indianapolis and his MHA from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Barb Jahn, BSPT, MHS, NHA

Chief Operating Officer


Barb Jahn's career with healthcare spans two decades. She earned her Bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University and after working for Saint Luke's Hospital in Phoenix, began her career at Saint Joseph Hospital as a physical therapist in 1985. She was quickly promoted to Director of Physical Therapy and served in various roles at both Saint Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center. Prior to her current position, Barb was the Vice President of Performance and Clinical Excellence, and at one time served as the system director for Case Management at both hospitals. Currently she's responsible for Emergency Services, Imaging, Case Management, Lab/Pathology, the Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the library. During her time at Saint Joseph Hospital, she has played an integral part in designing performance excellence functions that result in a culture of patient safety.

Mary Shepler, RN, BSN, MA

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer


As the Chief Nursing Officer of Saint Joseph Hospital, Mary oversees all nursing operations including the general medical / surgical and critical care units, Women & Infants Care, Cardiovascular nursing services and the Professional Nursing Practice and Education program. She is responsible for the departments of Respiratory/Pulmonary Therapy, Performance Improvement and Clinical Informatics. Prior to her current position, she was the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer and Director of Performance Improvement for Lutheran Medical Center, where she was responsible for working with the clinical departments and Information Systems & Technology in the design and implementation of clinical information systems. Mary began her career with Healthcare over 20 years ago when she started as a registered nurse at Lutheran Medical Center. During her 20 year career at Lutheran Medical Center she also served as interim Chief Nursing Officer; director of Clinical Information Systems & Technology; and director of Critical Care, Cardiovascular and Neuroscience. Whether implementing clinical information systems or performance improvement initiatives, Mary always emphasized patient safety elements, evidence-based practices, clinical outcomes, and patient and staff satisfaction. Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado and her master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Shawn Dufford, MD, MBA

Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer


Shawn Dufford, MD, MBA, joined Saint Joseph Hospital as the Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer in June of 2011. Prior to this role Shawn served as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services for Saint Joseph Hospital and the Physician Director of Performance Improvement for Kaiser Colorado. Shawn worked with Colorado Permanente Medical Group from 2005-2011 as a staff Anesthesiologist and continues in that role on a part time temporary basis. Preceding this career Shawn was a flight instructor and corporate pilot and then spent nine years as a firefighter and paramedic in the Denver area. Shawn completed a Surgery Internship and Anesthesia Residency at the University of Colorado and earned an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

William Gould, M.S., CEBS, SPHR

Vice President, Human Resources


William "Bill" Gould joined Saint Joseph Hospital in August of 2012 to serve as its Vice President of Human Resources. Bill's 13 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry ranges from community-based organizations to large integrated health systems in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Gould has a history of driving process and performance improvement through Lean management. He has led and supported many organization-level change initiatives including rapid mergers and acquisitions, performance management, strategic health and benefits plan design, workplace safety and wellness, and executive and physician total compensation programs. Gould's leadership experience also includes marketing and communications, hospitality services, and extensive experience in labor relations administration. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming, and a Master of Science in Organization Leadership and Human Resource Management from Regis University. He maintains several professional certifications and designations including the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Megan Mahncke, MA

Vice President & Regional Director of Marketing & Communications


Megan Mahncke has spent the last 12 years working with and for non-profits in the areas of marketing and communication, fundraising, and volunteer management. She combined her master's degree in Conflict Resolution with her passion for connecting people and ideas that led her to a career in communications and development. Megan currently is the Vice President & Regional Director of Marketing & Communications at Saint Joseph Hospital. She has also served in leadership roles at the University of Denver and History Colorado. She is a Colorado native, married to Patrick Mahncke, and they have two little boys, Coleman and Charlie.

Alwin F. Steinmann, MD, FACP

Chief of Academic Medicine


Dr. Steinmann came to Saint Joseph Hospital in October, 2010 as the new Chief of Academic Medicine and Designated Institutional Official for the residency programs. He previously worked at Albany Medical College, where he was on faculty for 23 years and served as the internal medicine residency program director for 13 years. Dr. Steinmann cites the high quality of the residency programs and Saint Joseph’s commitment to the graduate medical education mission as key factors in accepting this position. He is an active member of the American College of Physicians (Colorado Chapter) and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) / Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM). In 2011 he was elected to the APDIM national Council and chairs the AAIM Advocacy Committee.