UCHealth taps familiar face to lead new Greeley hospital

Marilyn Schock has 25 years of health care leadership experience in northern Colorado
Oct. 20, 2016
Marilyn Schock

GREELEY, Colo. – As a new hospital goes up in Greeley, a familiar face will be leading the way, UCHealth announced today.

Marilyn Schock will be the president of UCHealth Greeley Hospital, which is expected to break ground in 2017 and open in late 2018.

With 25 years of experience in health care leadership in northern Colorado, the Windsor resident has been the chief operating officer at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins since 2014.

“Marilyn is a talented and proven leader who never loses sight of what matters most – the patients,” said Kevin Unger, the CEO and president of MCR and PVH. “She is an absolutely perfect fit for this position and the tasks that lie ahead, and I am thrilled to work with her.”

UCHealth Greeley Hospital will provide 53 inpatient beds with room to grow and will include an intensive care unit, an emergency department, operating rooms, advanced cardiology services and a birthing center. The new hospital will be the anchor of a $185 million health campus on approximately 22 acres southeast of U.S. 34 and 71st Avenue.

“It’s all about providing excellent care close to home,” Schock said. “We have a lot of people from Greeley and throughout Weld County, including the eastern plains, who currently utilize our services. Through the new hospital and health center, we will be able to provide a higher level of services in Greeley, closer to patients’ homes and families.”

The campus also will feature a health center with comprehensive outpatient services. Schock will work closely with leaders from UCHealth’s medical group – Colorado Health Medical Group – as that project gets under way.

Schock, a graduate of Colorado State University, began her health care career as an occupational therapist at McKee Medical Center in 1986. She served in leadership roles at Banner Health facilities, including director of rehabilitation services, regional director of managed care operations, executive director of Mountain Shadows Medical Association and associate administrator at both McKee Medical Center in Loveland and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley before her placement as chief executive officer at McKee in 2009.

She always has been deeply involved in northern Colorado communities. She served as the chair and is currently a board member for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce Board and currently serves on the Sunrise Community Health Board of Directors, Go NOCO Board, the Larimer County Boys and Girls Club Board and the Larimer County Food Bank Board of Directors. She was a 2012 co-chair for Larimer County United Way and previously served on the Greeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Schock also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Although she will continue to serve the role of chief operating officer until a replacement is hired, Schock’s new position as the president of UCHealth Greeley Hospital is effective Oct. 24.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.