She replaces Bill Mohon, who left in February.
Prior to becoming COO, Martin, 43, served as director of strategic planning at Memorial, where she led several initiatives supporting Memorial’s affiliation with UCHealth.
Hospital authorities conducted a national search for the position, said Memorial President and CEO Mike Scialdone.
“Time and time again, Colette’s bold thinking and tireless initiative have improved the lives of our patients, physicians and employees,” Scialdone said. “She is a leader who challenges all of us, myself included, to never settle for anything less than excellence in everything we do.”
Martin has held leadership posts at Memorial, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Providence Health & Services in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her undergraduate degree in English at Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
“Memorial Hospital has really been in my life since I was a child,” said Martin, whose mother worked there as a nurse. Martin grew up in Monument.
Memorial is now transitioning from the year-old lease with the University of Colorado Health “to being more integrated and strengthening the relationship with the University of Colorado,” Martin said, in an interview with the Business Journal.
“My role is to work with the executive team to make this really the care our community expects and deserves,” she said.
Memorial has 5,000 employees, and the UC Health system has 15,000 employees. Martin praised the Memorial system.
“Our focus collectively and individually is on improving lives in our community,” Martin said. “There really is no better calling.
“I see patients and their families every day. I know I’m helping them and improving the health of our community.
“That’s really powerful. It’s meaningful.”