Longmont, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2019) – A new president will lead a team of more than 500 employees at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital and oversee the organization’s continuing expansion of services in the Longmont and Carbon Valley areas.
Lonnie Cramer will bring more than 20 years of health care leadership experience to Longs Peak Hospital when he takes the reins on Feb. 25.
“I’m excited to welcome Lonnie to UCHealth,” said Kevin Unger, president and CEO of UCHealth’s Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. “His commitment to providing the best patient care and experience and to meeting the needs of this growing community make him a perfect fit for this position.”
Cramer is currently the chief operating officer at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, where he has worked in various leadership positions since 2007. Clinically, Cramer specialized in diagnostic imaging. He worked at a high-volume radiology department in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and oversaw operations of five outpatient imaging facilities in Louisiana. He offers a unique blend of health care experience that includes patient care, service line leadership, physician relations, hospital operations and community partnerships.
Longs Peak, located at 1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont, is a 51-bed full-service hospital that features an intensive care unit, four operating rooms, a birth center with a Level II special care nursery and a Level III trauma center and emergency department. The hospital opened in August 2017 and cared for patients in more than 24,000 visits in the first year alone.
“It’s an honor to join the Longs Peak team and to build upon the tremendous impact the hospital has had on lives in this community in such a short time,” Cramer said. “I’m incredibly impressed with the culture at Longs Peak and how everyone is focused on doing what’s right for the patient. I look forward to working closely with the patients, staff, physicians and partners in the community to continue this tradition.”
Cramer, who will be the second president in the history of the hospital, will replace Dan Robinson, who announced his retirement in October. Robinson, who has worked in health care for more than 36 years, was instrumental in the creation, opening and growth of Longs Peak. Under his leadership, the hospital has achieved excellent quality and safety scores in addition to superior experience ratings from patients.
“Dan has developed this unique culture at the hospital focused on providing the very best care and an excellent experience for all patients, visitors, physicians and staff. It’s what makes Longs Peak stand out,” Unger said. “I can’t thank him enough.”