Steve Stark, CEO
Steve Stark is a graduate of the University of Drury in Springfield, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and two Master’s degrees from Bellevue University, Nebraska: Hospital Administration and Organizational Performance. Steve serves as chief executive officer at Orchard Hospital. Steve is responsible for aligning the hospital mission and vision with physicians, the board of directors, and communities in Butte County. Steve works closely with the CFO, COO/CNO, and managers of Orchard Hospital to accomplish goals that create a healthcare delivery system that is safer and more efficient for its patients.
Steve came to Orchard Hospital in January 1, 2015. Steve’s healthcare career began over 15 years ago, serving as a hospital information technology director. Since then, Steve has been promoted to more advanced roles including Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. Steve has spoken to groups across the country about integrating continuous process improvement and technology into daily workflow to provide better patient care. Today, Steve is considered a leader in organizational strategy and has a black belt in Lean and Six Sigma, which is evident in his management style. Steve is also a Studer Group® Champion.
Elizabeth Brown, CNO
Elizabeth Brown is a graduate of College of the Redwoods and the University of Phoenix. An RN with 32 years of nursing experience and over 35years of healthcare experience, she also holds an MSN and MHA. Her primary career focus has been Emergency Nursing, education, and leadership in Critical Access and Community Hospitals. She has been published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has led Emergency Departments to gain national awards in her past. Beth has a passion for patients to receive the best medical care possible and knows the importance of building trust in the community so they can count on their hospital to care for them.
Beth came to Orchard Hospital in 2018 to lead the Emergency Department. In January 2021, she transitioned to Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for clinical operations and nursing services.
Lenny Verser JR., CFO
Lenny Verser joined Orchard Hospital in May of 2020 and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting. He is also a graduate of Lincoln Law School of Sacramento where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree. Lenny is a Certified Public Accountant and a licensed Attorney.
Lenny is responsible for the finance, accounting, medical records and business office functions at Orchard. He works closely with the hospital’s administration team and other departments to ensure sound financial management activities and fiscally responsible operations.
Prior to joining Orchard, Lenny held financial leadership roles in both non-profit and for profit health care organizations and spent several years working on the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs. He has over 25 years of health care finance, accounting and contract administration experience and has a firm understanding of government accounting and oversight regulations associated with the health care industry.
Kami M. Duntsch, CHRO
Kami Duntsch is a graduate of California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University: focused in organizational leadership and change management. Kami has been in the healthcare industry with a focus in Human Resources for 10 years.
In January of 2017 Kami joined Orchard Hospital as the Director of Human Resources and transitioned in July of 2018 to the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Natalie Ladine, M.D., CMODr. Ladine joined Orchard Hospital in July of 2017. She is originally from Sacramento and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was co-captain of the Women's Rowing Team. She then attended medical school at the University of Southern California. She completed her residency at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program- the country's top-rated family medicine program.
Dr. Ladine has worked as a hospitalist at Orchard Hospital and took on the role of Chief Medical Officer in July of 2021. She is also pursuing her Certified Physician Executive Credential.
Dr. Ladine's passion is to deliver high-quality patient care, foster patient-provider relationships, build a collaborative health care team, and create a culture of excellence at Orchard Hospital.