Dan Robinson, Longs Peak Hospital president, announces retirement plans

Decision comes after long career including successful opening and development of UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital.
Oct. 23, 2018

LONGMONT, Colo.  (Oct. 23, 2018) – UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital President Dan Robinson announced today that he will retire in 2019 after a 36-year health care career that includes serving patients and northern Colorado communities for the past 12 years.

Hospital president stands in front of facility on opening day and gestures to crowd gathered.
UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital President Dan Robinson shares inspiring remarks with staff before the official opening of the hospital on Aug. 31, 2017, in Longmont. Colo. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

“One of the proudest moments of my career was developing and opening Longs Peak Hospital,” said Robinson. “While I look forward to spending more time with my family, hiking some new trails and biking our beautiful state, I will miss my colleagues and meeting the brave patients and family members we care for.”

Robinson joined UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in 2007 as vice president of operations, later serving as PVH chief operating officer and CEO of UCHealth Medical Group before taking on his current role at Longs Peak Hospital (LPH).

“On behalf of UCHealth, I thank Dan for his dedication and commitment to patients throughout his long career,” said Kevin Unger, president and CEO of UCHealth’s Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital. “When Longs Peak Hospital opened, it provided brand new services for Longmont residents, allowing them to receive advanced care close to home. Dan developed a culture at the hospital focused on providing the very best care and an excellent experience for all patients and visitors.”

In Spring 2016, Dan Robinson stands on the grounds of what is now Longs Peak Hospital. Photo by Joel Blocker, for UCHealth.

Under Robinson’s leadership, Longs Peak has achieved excellent quality and safety scores in addition to superior experience ratings from patients. In its first year, Longs Peak staff and providers delivered more than 670 babies, cared for 2,450 admitted patients, and provided more than 18,000 emergency and outpatient visits.

“Dan’s commitment to patients is part of the fabric of Longs Peak Hospital and will remain here permanently,” said Dr. Mark Schane, chief medical officer. “I appreciate Dan’s partnership and respect for physicians throughout our region, including independent providers who have chosen to practice at Longs Peak.”

Since before UCHealth even put a shovel in the ground to build Longs Peak, it was clear that Robinson was invested in this community, said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont Economic Development Partnership.

Longs Peak Hospital officially opened it’s doors to patients on Aug. 31, 2017.

“Dan’s leadership at the hospital and in the community has resulted in Longs Peak Hospital making an impact in Longmont far beyond the scope of services the hospital provides and has truly been a part of the strengthening of our community,” Erickson said. “Dan has been a strong ally of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership through his support of broad-based economic development programs and strategies, and through his willingness to assist with successful business recruitment projects that have resulted in significant new job creation for our community. I look forward to continuing this partnership with UCHealth and Longs Peak Hospital under new leadership once announced.”

UCHealth will soon begin a search for the next president of Longs Peak Hospital with the goal of announcing a new leader in early 2019. To ensure a smooth transition, Robinson is planning to continue serving as Longs Peak president until his successor is selected.

About the author

Dan Weaver leads UCHealth’s communications team including public relations, internal and external communications. He joined UCHealth in 2011 as media relations coordinator for University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to joining UCHealth, Weaver was a reporter, photographer and medical producer at KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver, CO, and WLTX TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, SC.