Chief Executive Officer
CarePoint is excited to welcome Dr. Steve Quach as our new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Quach transitioned from his Chief Medical Officer position at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), where he gained nearly three years of tenure. Prior to his P/SL CMO appointment, he had served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System in Galveston, Texas since the beginning of 2009.
Dr. Quach received his medical degree in 2001 with High Honors from UTMB where he also completed both his internship and residency and served as Chief Resident in his final year. He also completed a Master of Arts in Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and his primary interests include quality improvement in healthcare and physician leadership development.
Dr. Quach’s experience in healthcare quality improvement includes leading a team in submission of an application for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to the University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence in 2006. He served as Director of Quality Management for the Department of Internal Medicine at UTMB from 2006 through 2009. His training in the field of healthcare quality improvement includes completion of the Advanced Training Program conducted by Intermountain Health. Dr. Quach received certification as a Patient Safety Officer upon completion of this program. From a leadership development perspective, he is proud to have founded the Physician Leadership Academy at UTMB and was part of the leadership team that was responsible for developing the curriculum.
Former CEO, CarePoint Consultant
Dr. Steve Hoffenberg has been practicing emergency medicine in the Denver metro area since 1978, when he began working at Rose Medical Center Emergency Department. He became the Chairman of Rose’s Emergency Medical Services in 1984 and continued until 1996, when he organized CarePoint, P.C. He has served as the group’s President since its inception.
Dr. Hoffenberg graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1975, and relocated to Denver to complete a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Upon completion in 1978, he started working at Rose Medical Center as an Emergency Medicine physician and became boarded in both specialties. He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and past Chair of ACEP’s Ultrasound Section. Over his career he has actively participated in the education of medical students, residents, fellows and pre-hospital care providers and has worked closely with HCA quality initiatives on a national basis.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Neal O’Connor is currently the Chief Medical Officer of CarePoint P.C. His main duties involve the creation and coordination of quality improvement and risk management programs for the practice. He is also actively involved in recruiting and orientation of Emergency Physicians and Physician Assistants. CarePoint Emergency Providers treat over 300,000 patients throughout the Denver metro area each year at six hospitals and five free-standing emergency departments. Dr. O’Connor works clinically at The Medical Center of Aurora, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Rose Medical Center.
Dr. O’Connor is an alumnus of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1992. He has been an active ACEP member and has previously served as President of the Colorado state chapter.
Dr. O’Connor is married with two children; he enjoys many of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.
Chief Operations Officer
Mark is originally from Michigan where he graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Mark completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital, where he was Chief Resident and completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine Administration. Following training, drawn to the active lifestyle, great weather and vibrant medical community in Colorado, Mark joined Denver Health as an Instructor in the Department of Surgery. In 2000 he joined CarePoint where he served for five years as the HealthONE EMS Medical Director. In this role, he served as Medical Director for over 250 EMTs and oversaw a paramedic education program.
In 2005, Mark began an eleven year tenure as Emergency Medical Director at Swedish Medical Center, a 408-bed hospital, Level I Trauma Center and the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission. He implemented a Physician Assistant program in 2005 and oversaw the development of the CarePoint ED Scribe program two years later. While working as an Emergency Physician, he has also presented at various conferences and been on multiple committees at the hospital including chairing the hospital Credentials Committee.
Mark was elected President of the Medical Staff at Swedish Medical Center in 2014 and has completed 8 years on the Swedish Medical Executive Committee. After serving on the CarePoint Board for eleven years, he recently transitioned to the role of Chief Operating Officer for CarePoint. In this new role, his focus is on operational efficiency, productivity and performance improvement across all CarePoint staffed facilities.
In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and training and participating in endurance sports. He was named a triathlon All American in 2014 and 2015 and has completed 10 Ironman races.
Medical Director - Pedatrics
Dr. Christine Darr is a pediatric emergency physician who sits on the CarePoint board and is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Division, which is a title she has held since 1999. In addition, she is the Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Pediatric Emergency Department. . Dr. Darr is board certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and General Pediatrics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians, among other medical societies throughout her career.
Dr. Darr attended Marquette University for her undergraduate degree, and then continued on to Rush Medical College, where she received her Doctor of Medicine. Prior to relocating to Denver, Dr. Darr worked at the University of Chicago hospitals and clinics, as well as Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her Denver career path began at Rose Medical Center in 1990. Since 1996, she has been an integral part of the Pediatric Emergency medicine program in the HealthONE hospitals in the Denver area.
In her spare time, Dr. Darr likes to garden, ski, bike, read, cook and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband Glenn have been married for 29 years and their children are now 27, 24 and 20 years old. Colorado has been a wonderful place to raise a family!
Medical Director - Neurology
Dr. Chris Fanale has been an integral part of Blue Sky Neurology since 2005. He is currently the Medical Director of Blue Sky Neurology, the CNI-Swedish Medical Center Stroke Program, the Colorado State CO-DOC Telemedicine Grant, and the Swedish Medical Center Telemedicine Program. Dr. Fanale is also a member of the HealthONE Stroke System of Care Coordination and the AirLife Stroke Transport Program’s Development, along with other committees that include telemedicine and process improvement. He has treated patients at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in addition to Swedish Medical Center.
Dr. Fanale received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where he also acted as a laboratory research assistant during his studies. He worked in preliminary medicine for a year before beginning his neurology residency, both also at the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He acted as Chief Resident during his neurology residency. Dr. Fanale then relocated to California to attend the University of California San Diego where he completed a fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, before becoming board certified. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the American Red Cross Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Doctor’s Day Award for Professionalism and Patient Care (2002) to name a few.
In his spare time, Dr. Fanale likes to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer with his wife and young children.