Meet the leaders who make up MountainView Hospital's Administrative team. This group works tirelessly to keep the hospital running smoothly so our colleagues can focus on what MountainView Hospital is known for: providing safe, high quality patient care.

Julie Taylor, RN, MBA, MSN, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Taylor, RN, MBA, MSN, FACHE, joined MountainView Hospital as chief executive officer January 2021.

Before arriving at MountainView, Julie was the chief executive officer at HCA’s Alaska Regional Hospital, a position she held since December 2013. Prior to her tenure at Alaska Regional, Julie was the chief executive officer of HCA’s West Valley Medical Center in Idaho. Julie also has served as the chief operating officer at HCA’s The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver, Colorado.

A 35-year health care veteran and nursing leader with more than 20 years in executive leadership roles, Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and a variety of experience to MountainView.

Julie holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Julie resides in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

Kelly Kern

Chief Operating Officer

Kelly Kern is the chief operating officer at MountainView Hospital. He has been COO since May 2013, with MountainView Hospital since 2001, and with HCA since 1995. Kelly’s direct operational responsibilities include those of Ethics and Compliance (ECO) and Safety Officer / Environment of Care TJC, and 504 coordinator.  Management responsibilities and activities include department management operation reviews, staffing management, benchmarking, budget control, volume expansion, employee satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and physician satisfaction. Committee participation in MEC, Functional Team / TJC readiness, Environment of Care Committee chairperson, Departmental Safety & Security Officer chairperson, and Facility Ethics & Compliance chairperson. Prior to becoming COO, Kelly was vice president of operations and was previously director of rehabilitation services.

Kelly has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin.

Michelle Bookout, DNP, MSN, BSN, PCCN

Chief Nursing Officer

Michelle Bookout, DNP, MSN, BSN, PCCN, joined MountainView Hospital as chief nursing officer November 2019.

Before arriving at MountainView, Michelle was chief nursing officer at HCA’s Mercy Hospital, a campus of Plantation General Hospital in Florida with 488 beds. Michelle has 25 years of professional development and management experience, with a focus on high quality care outcomes, excellent patient satisfaction and a highly engaged team. Throughout her career, Michelle held various leadership and professional development positions including administrative director of nursing services, director of critical care services, director of telemetry, adjunct professor at Loyola University Medical Center, and professional development coordinator.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from West Suburban College of Nursing in Oak Park River Forest Illinois, and a Master of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She also completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Systems Leadership at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

John G. Byrne, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John G. Byrne, has been MountainView's chief medical officer, since January 2020.

Dr. Byrne oversees the facility's Clinical Quality Agenda, responsible to elevate patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, program development and physician relations. As a member of the facility's senior leadership team, Dr. Byrne will also support service line development and promote alignment between the hospital administration and the medical staff.

Prior to joining MountainView, Dr. Byrne was the chief medical officer at Baylor St Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Byrne is familiar with HCA, having served for three years as the CMO at Clear Lake Regional and Mainland Medical Centers in HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast Division.

Across two decades in clinical practice as a cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Byrne distinguished himself in academic medicine with progressive leadership roles at the Harvard Medical School, the Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He gained international recognition as chair, department of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt and as chief, division of cardiac surgery at the Brigham, as well as the Lawrence H Cohn Professor at the Harvard Medical School. He has been author or co-author on more than 250 scientific papers, reviews and chapters in major publications.

Matthew Cova

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew F. Cova, chief financial officer, has been with MountainView Hospital since April 2017. He is experienced in developing service line growth and physician alignment strategies that have consistently generated increased market share for the hospitals in which he has served. Matt has demonstrated successful financial and operational results for hospitals and physician practices and was named one of Vegas, Inc’s 40 Under 40 for 2019. Previously to MountainView Hospital, Matt worked at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) where he created, implemented and oversaw the business development and strategic planning functions of the hospital.

Matt holds a Business Administration degree, with minors in Accounting and Political Science, from Loyola Marymount University in California. He earned his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Keisha Bickham

VP, Operations

Keisha joined MountainView in June 2019 as vice president, operations. Keisha has been with HCA Healthcare since 2009 and has held a variety of roles in increasing responsibility.

She has significant experience in performance improvement, which she brings to MountainView in order to better align hospital operations and patient care.

Keisha also has worked for GE, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt, working to improve business process and profitability within the GE Company.

Keisha has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


VP, Quality/Risk

Harsha Dave is vice president of quality/risk and is dedicated in providing quality, patient and family-centered care in hospital settings. She is committed to clinical excellence and a philosophy of “the Patient comes first.”

Before becoming Vice President of Quality/Risk management, Harsha spent four years as a director of infection prevention & control in which she helped restructure the Infection Prevention program that has resulted in a decrease in hospital acquired infections and increased patient satisfaction. Prior to this, Harsha spent 10 years as an infection preventionist interacting with front line staff and educating them on the importance of preventing infections.

Harsha grew up in Uganda, East Africa, and lived in London with her family prior to moving to United States to build her career. She has a wide variety of experience from working at a children’s hospital in Atlanta, to owning a hospitality business in Arizona.

Harsha enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Chris Marlin

VP, Human Resources

Chris Marlin, vice president of human resources, has been with MountainView Hospital since August 2020. Chris has more than 23 years of experience in human resources management roles within HCA.

Chris focuses on the overall strategic human capital of the organization and has a proven track record of low turnover and high employee engagement in the facilities he has been in. Chris has a BA in Human Resources Administration, and an MBA from St. Leo University in Tampa, Florida.

Prior to Las Vegas, Chris resided in Denver, Colorado and Roanoke, Virginia, but most of his family calls Florida home. Chris is married to his wife, Seglinda, an ARNP, and in his spare time, enjoys Jeeping, traveling, and taking care of his greyhounds and a parrot.

Jennifer McDonnell, MBA

Director, Public Relations & Communications

Jennifer McDonnell has been with MountainView Hospital since November 2012. She is an experienced and award-winning communications executive with experience in developing major initiatives, media relations, crisis communications and community events.

Jennifer was named to Vegas Inc.’s 40 under 40 in 2018 and has received several awards for marketing and communications, including the Aster Award and PRSA Pinnacle Award. Prior to her career in healthcare communications, Jennifer was a journalist, reporting on business, real estate and legal matters.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and her MBA from Roseman University of Health Sciences. She also has a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jennifer is married and has two children and has two West Highland White Terriers.

Derrick Naegler

Assistant Administrator

Derrick Naegler, MHA, Joined MountainView Hospital as assistant administrator September 2020.

Before arriving at MountainView, Derrick was a member of the HCA Executive Residency Program and served as the administrative resident at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. Prior to Joining HCA Naegler worked for University of Florida Health-Department of Anesthesiology. Growing up in a family of healthcare professionals, Naegler was raised with the values that accompany compassionate patient care, the development of meaningful connections, and a dedication to the service of others.

Naegler has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Florida State University and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Florida.