About |Leadership Team

About the People

The Team at Quality Health Network (QHN) is dedicated to healthcare quality improvement and the secure exchange of electronic health information to ensure critical health information is available to authorized caregivers—when and where it's needed.

Our Mission

To facilitate the availability of information to optimize the health of our communities, improve economic efficiencies of patient care, and bring value to our stakeholders.

Our Values

  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Positive 'can do' Attitude
  • Creative & Innovative Problem Solving
  • Grit & Tenacity

Fast Facts

  • QHN securely exchanges health information among 14 hospitals, more than 1,300 medical providers and over 390 other healthcare organizations in western Colorado.
  • QHN helps medical providers improve the quality of care and lower healthcare expenses, while keeping your information secure.
  • QHN was cited by the National eHealth Collaborative in 2011 as one of the nation's 12 most successful health information exchanges.
  • QHN serves as a national model for health information exchange and was one of 17 "Beacon Communities" designated by the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) projects.

Meet the Key QHN Staff

The QHN Leadership Team is dedicated to QHN's mission and values providing visionary leadership and direction, always with a good measure of levity, to the entire QHN staff.

Dick Thompson
Executive Director and CEO
Dick Thompson is the Executive Director and CEO of Quality Health Network(QHN) a non-profit community collaborative. As one of the first Health Information Exchanges(HIE) in the nation, QHN has been fully operational for almost ten years and is continually expanding its services and footprint throughout the 40,000 square miles of Western Colorado.

QHN’s infrastructure includes data delivery systems, robust data warehousing, risk stratification and predictive modeling analytics, enhanced preventive and chronic care decision support, and provider alert systems. As a key member of the Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC), QHN helped model best practices for improving quality and reducing costs. In 2003 the CBC received a Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award in recognition of their innovations in leveraging technology to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

The organization has achieved many significant milestones under Dick’s leadership as the network became an operational HIE in less than eight months and attained positive cash flow within two years of startup. QHN’s significant progress has been noted by industry publications including Healthcare Informatics, Health Leaders Magazine, Most Wired, Managed Healthcare Exec, and many other publications.

QHN is a key player in Colorado’s healthcare reform with Dick serving as a charter Board Member of Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC) organization and serves on numerous state and national boards and committees to advance health IT. The organization is nationally recognized and has achieved significant milestones under Dick’s leadership. His extensive business background includes three decades of management experience in software technology and support organizations with special successes in “start up” organizations.

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Marc Lassaux
Chief Technical Officer
In his role as Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Marc’s responsibilities include managing technology architecture and deployment, providing technology vision, enabling innovation and understanding the health information technology solutions that create business value.

He currently serves on the Colorado eHealth Commission appointed by Governor Hickenlooper, as a Colorado SIM Health Information Technology (HIT) Workgroup co-chair, and was previously a co-chair for the Beacon Community of Practice for HIT and Meaningful Use under the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.

Prior to QHN he was consulting and managing relational database systems and applications. In 2006, he joined QHN and later directed QHN’s role in the Colorado Beacon Consortium.

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Justin Aubert
Chief Financial Officer
Justin Aubert is the CFO and Director of Operations for Quality Health Network (QHN) based in Grand Junction Colorado, which he joined in 2009. Justin was also HIE Operations Director for the Colorado Beacon Consortium. QHN is a non-profit community collaborative and as one of the first and most innovative health information exchanges (HIE) in the nation. QHN has been fully operational for almost ten years and self-sustaining since 2006.

Justin’s diverse role at QHN includes the responsibility to oversee all finance and accounting, business operations, budgeting, contract negotiations, risk management, legal and regulatory compliance, human resources, and facility management. In this role he has created the internal controls and all mechanisms required for the financial reporting to the Board of Directors, federal and state granting sources and auditing and governmental agencies. The rapid growth QHN has experienced, and the unique emerging and evolving HIE business the organization engages in, has necessitated the establishment and implementation of sophisticated ecommerce, legal, security, compliance and operational policies and procedures.

Prior to joining QHN, Justin had more than 12 years of progressive experience in finance and operations management within startup and established organizations. His previous experience demonstrated the ability to develop and streamline business operations that drive growth, increase efficiency, profit margins and sustainability. Under his leadership organizations saw improved financial, compliance and operational controls and productivity.

Justin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration (Accounting Major) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado and is a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) and Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT).

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Rich Warner
Chief Project Management Officer
Rich Warner joined the QHN team in 2013; his responsibilities include designing and implementing a coordinated project process and educating the QHN staff on project management methodology, process, procedure and documentation. As part of the QHN leadership team Rich brings valued project management methodology, guidance and organization to the significant and innovative initiatives QHN undertakes.

Rich has more than 30 years of IT experience; 20 years have focused on health IT. Prior to joining QHN, Rich was the Information Technology Project Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado. In this leadership role he had direct responsibly to manage all Information Technology (IT) projects and provide project lead guidance including project planning, scope definition, defining project deliverables and milestones, cost/risk analysis with mitigation strategies, and scheduling.

Before assuming the role of Information Technology Project Manager, he worked as a Programmer/Analyst for 15 years successfully completing a series of progressively complex IT implementation and integration projects. These projects included the integration of the nursing documentation, Cardiac Cath Lab and GE MUSE EKG into the hospital’s Meditech HIS system and support for API time and attendance software and hardware and the Infinium human resources and payroll system.

Rich completed his undergraduate work at Colorado Mesa University and has a Master of Applied Science (MAS) from the University of Denver in Technology Management, with a concentration in Project Management.

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