Mayor Announces New Environmental Health Manager
Mayor John Hickenlooper held a news conference in his office Thursday to announce Nancy Severson as his appointee for Manager of Environmental Health. Acting Environmental Health Manager Dr. Chris Veasey will be retiring after nearly 18 years of dedicated service with the City and County of Denver and 20 years with the U.S. Air Force.
Denver’s Environmental Health Department includes health promotion services, as well as animal control/shelter, environmental protection, environmental services, HIV/AIDS resources, medical examiner/coroner services and public health inspection.
“Nancy has tackled health-related issues from many different angles,” Hickenlooper said. “Her management experience and legal expertise will be tremendous assets for this incredibly important and complex department.”
Nancy Severson brings more than two decades of multifaceted health care and legal experience to bear as Denver’s new Manager of Environmental Health.
In her most recent endeavors as an independent consultant, Severson has provided business-consulting services to hospitals, physicians, employer-sponsored health purchasing organizations, small businesses and trusts.
She previously served as Vice President and General Counsel for Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, now known as Exempla HealthCare, where she managed legal and legislative affairs, and served as a member of the senior executive team responsible for strategic planning and operations for the Lutheran Medical Center System.
As a partner in the Denver-based law firm of Holmes, Roberts & Owen, LLP, Severson co-chaired the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Her legal work concentrated on health care issues and entities, financial and regulatory matters, and real estate and corporate transactions.
Severson was an active member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association, on whose board she served for six years. She is a past chair of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorney’s Committee on Managed Care and Integrated Delivery Systems; served as chairman and council member of the Health Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association; co-chaired the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Committee, and was a Health Committee member of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. In 1993, Nancy was appointed by the Governor Roy Romer to serve on his Colorado Health Care Reform Initiative Committee. In 1997, Nancy was appointed by the State Attorney General Gail Norton to serve on the Colorado Nonprofit Conversion Task Force.
Highly involved in the civic and community affairs, Severson has served as on the boards of the Winter Park Recreation Association, the Denver Health and Hospitals Foundation, and Colorado Coalition for Health Care Access. She also served as a member of the Denver Health Policy Forum Steering Committee, as an appointee to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, and as President of the Ronald McDonald House run by Children’s Oncology Services of the Rocky Mountain Region.
Severson has made numerous presentations on health care-related issues around the country, including presentations to the Medical Group Management Association, American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, the National Business Coalition Forum on Health, the American Bar Association National Institute on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans, to name a few. She has also written several articles and edited handbooks covering various health care topics.
Severson received both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Denver and her MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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