Livingston HealthCare’s Leadership Team
Meet the Leaders of Our Day-to-Day Operations
Livingston HealthCare is managed by a team of highly-trained, experienced
professionals. These leaders answer to a
board of directors populated by community members. Check out their profiles below to get
to know more about who they are and what they do. The managers and board
of directors work together to set the strategic objectives of Livingston
HealthCare and help keep the organization focused on its mission to serve
through quality healthcare.
Bren Lowe, Chief Executive Officer
Bren Lowe has been the Chief Executive Office of Livingston HealthCare
since 2012. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(ACHE), the only national recognized certification for healthcare administration.
In addition, Mr. Lowe has served on the Board of the Montana Hospital
Association (MHA) since 2013, serving as a regional representative and
Chair of the association’s Education Committee. In 2015, Mr. Lowe
was named to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee
on Performance Improvement, an advisory committee to provide guidance
to the association’s strategy to support performance improvement
across the nation’s hospitals. In 2011, he completed a rural health
policy fellowship with the National Rural Health Association. In 2015,
he was a recipient of the Bozeman Chronicle’s Business Journal 20
under 40 award.
Mr. Lowe graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor's degrees
in German and International Studies. He went on to the University of Iowa
to study Healthcare Administration and earned his Masters of Public Health
and Masters of Health Administration. Prior to Livingston HealthCare,
he was CEO of Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber, Montana. Mr. Lowe
has worked in administrative healthcare positions in Utah, Washington, and Iowa.
Scott Coleman, MD, Medical Director
Scott Coleman, MD, is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who practices
family medicine and obstetrics at Livingston HealthCare. He was selected
to fill the role of Medical Director for Livingston HealthCare in October,
2013, at which time he joined the Livingston HealthCare Board of Directors.
Dr. Coleman received a degree in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee,
followed by his MD from the University of South Dakota. After the completion
of his MD, Dr. Coleman served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy
for six years receiving the Navy Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance
as a Resident. In 2005, he moved to Park County to be closer to family.
Dr. Coleman is presently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corp of the
Montana Air National Guard.
Kathy Blair, Ancillary Services Director
As Ancillary Services Director, Kathy Blair oversees the Imaging, Cardiopulmonary
Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Home Health and Hospice, and Laboratory
Departments at Livingston HealthCare.
"I have always been drawn to the small community hospital. Being able
to take care of family, friends, and neighbors helps a person to see the
real impact of their work and brings a level of commitment that is not
always found in larger organizations. My personal goal is to provide the
level of care to each person we see that I would want for my own family."
Kathy's love of science and curiosity about disease lead her into the
medical technology field. In 1985, she came to Livingston HealthCare and
began working in the laboratory, and took the role of laboratory manager
in 2002. In 2005 she also became compliance officer for the organization.
The role of privacy officer followed in 2008. She is currently a member
of the HealthCare Compliance Association and has maintained her license
and skills in laboratory medicine.
Ryan Speas, Finance Director
As Finance Director, Ryan Speas is responsible for Financial Reporting,
Patient Financial Services, Registration, Medical Records, Transcription,
and Supply Chain functions at Livingston Healthcare.
Ryan was raised in a small town in Southeastern Idaho called Basalt. “I
believe that access to quality health care is extremely important in today’s
complicated healthcare environment and that it is essential that small
community hospitals continue to provide this essential care”. Ryan
believes that his small town heritage will fit in well at Livingston Healthcare
and his twenty years’ experience in healthcare finance will be a
strong benefit to the residents of Park County.
Ryan’s financial expertise and his interest in community health care
have allowed him to make a lasting difference in healthcare institutions
across the country. He has most recently served as Assistant Vice President
of Fiscal Services at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, after
working in healthcare facilities in Idaho and Utah.
Deb Anczak, Performance Improvement Director
As Performance Improvement Director, Deb is responsible for managing and
coordinating efforts to improve organization-wide performance and quality.
Deb has been a pharmacist for 25 years and in administrative roles for
the past 13 years. “It has always been my passion to turn opportunities
for improvement into positive challenges. Plus, it’s exciting to
be part of the changes in healthcare and at Livingston HealthCare. I feel
like I have a lot that I can contribute,” she said.
She has served as Pharmacy Manager at Livingston HealthCare since 2011
and will continue to serve in that capacity in addition to her new responsibilities.
Prior to her time in Livingston she was Director of Pharmacy at Billings
Clinic, and has also served in pharmacy and administrative roles at healthcare
institutions in Wisconsin and Idaho.
Vicki Axtell, Human Resources Director
Vicki Axtell became Director of Human Resources at Livingston HealthCare
in the summer of 2015. As Human Resources Director, Vicki leads LHC’s
talent acquisition, organizational development, benefits administration,
employee health, and human resources information system initiatives.
Vicki is an accomplished transformational leader with more than 15 years
of human resources experience. She has led initiatives that have successfully
improved employee satisfaction, organizational development, retention,
and staff engagement. Vicki has provided Human Resources services to tourism,
retail, city municipality, and health care agencies.
Vicki came to Livingston from the University of Vermont Medical Center
in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to that Vicki was the Director of Human
Resources at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns in Montpelier, Vermont
and Director of Human Resources at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
Vicki earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Massachusetts
in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Annette Leeland, Foundation President
As Foundation President at Livingston HealthCare, Annette's primary
role is to develop the philanthropic opportunities that allow Livingston
HealthCare to continue to improve community health and the quality of
life for residents of Park County and the surrounding communities.
Annette brings 30 years of experience with not-for-profit organizations
in Montana, Alaska and California, and has demonstrated her commitment
to the health and wellbeing of the Park County community through her leadership
at Big Brothers Big Sisters in the early 2000’s and as a founding
board member for the Livingston Community Foundation.
Leeland explained, “This community is one I have come to love and
value. So to bring my skills and energy to this organization that so positively
impacts the quality of life here is a privilege. I am so impressed by
the gorgeous state of the art facility but, more significantly, by the
commitment of the hospital board, hospital employees, the campaign volunteers
and our donors to providing quality care. Being nationally recognized
as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country is proof
positive of that broad scale commitment.”
Leeland has been nationally recognized, during her tenure at Big Brothers
Big Sisters (BBBS) and by the International Association of Fundraising
Professionals for her expertise in developing a culture of philanthropy
in rural communities. Under her leadership BBBS of Park and Sweet Grass
Counties was consistently recognized for excellence and innovation in
programming and fundraising.
David Noble, Director of Nursing
Born in South Dakota, David has 25 years of nursing experience in peri-operative,
medical/surgical, critical care, and pediatric practice, as well as a
Master of Science in Leadership in Health Care Systems with a Nursing
Leadership Focus. He assumed the Interim Director of Nursing role at Livingston
HealthCare in April 2016 and accepted the position permanently in April
2017. His comprehensive knowledge of nursing leadership models, healthcare
systems, and programmatic implementation make him the ideal leader for
Livingston HealthCare's nursing team. A former Peace Corps volunteer
in Liberia, Africa, David also volunteered with the National Park Service
at Rocky Mountain National Park, where he met his now wife. His previous
experience includes working as Director of Nursing at Pueblo Community
College, Executive Director of West Custer County Hospital District and
Director of Professional Resources at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center,
all in Colorado.