Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer in ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Lovelace Health System

Lovelace Health System is a comprehensive health system with hospitals and clinics providing clinical excellence throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Roswell.

The history of Lovelace Health System begins in the 1880s, when missionaries and philanthropists from the Midwest extended their mission of caring to Albuquerque, NM. In 1901, they built the city's first hospital St. Joseph Hospital. The state's first school of nursing was also established at St. Joseph's. Meanwhile, Dr. William Randolph Lovelace was quickly becoming known as a pioneer in medicine. He moved his practice to Albuquerque and was joined by other physicians. Doctor Lovelace called the practice the Lovelace Clinic, modeled after the Mayo Clinic.

The Lovelace Clinic and St. Joseph Healthcare merged in 2003 to form Lovelace Sandia Health System after both were acquired by Ardent Health Services, based in Nashville, TN. We are proud to be part of a larger organization with an investment here in New Mexico, but also with facilities in Texas and Oklahoma.

Today, Lovelace Health System is comprised of six hospitals featuring the state's only dedicated heart hospital, as well as the state's only dedicated women's hospital and a growing physician group of primary care and specialty care providers with clinics throughout Albuquerque and Roswell.

An Affiliate of Ardent Health Services

Lovelace Health System is part of Ardent Health Services, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ardent makes considerable investments in people, technology, facilities, and communities, producing high quality care and extraordinary results. Since 2001, those investments total more than $835 million. From newly constructed facilities and expanded services, to lifesaving technology and outstanding opportunities for employees, Ardent is committed to providing its hospitals and clinics the tools they need to succeed.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will interface with Administration, the Medical Staff, and other physician organizations. The primary objective of this position is to lead clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and quality of care through outcomes measurement and performance improvement processes.

The CMO is a leadership position created to build on and strengthen the positive and mutually supportive relationships between hospital administration and the medical staff. As such, the CMO will work closely with the Ardent CMO, administrative staff, members of the medical staff, and its leadership to maintain the high quality of the medical staff and to help lead the medical staff participating in furthering the mission of the organization, with a duty to support the mission and philosophy of Lovelace Health System.

The CMO will work closely with and facilitate positive relationships with nursing leadership in order to ensure successful performance improvement initiatives and overall quality of care. The incumbent will forge strong linkages and alignments with physician providers. The CMO will support and advise the Medical Executive Committee and the Departments in responding to complaints regarding physician behavior and performance.

Examples of Responsibilities:


Serve as a member of the senior management team and assist in strategic development of initiatives and programs.

Investigate and study new developments in medical practice techniques and initiates medical staff and administrative discussions of the implementation of new procedures.

Promote effective and timely communication with the medical staff and leadership.

Participate in the annual operating and capital budget process providing input regarding the budgets of medical affairs and for integrating medical staff and clinical issues in to the Divison's planning, budgeting, and marketing processes.

Collaborate with key medical staff committees. Works to forge stronger bonds with the nursing staff.

Participate in the development and implementation of patient care programs and collaborate with Division and hospital leaders on medical staff partnerships, co-management, and joint ventures.

Medical Staff

Work to optimize and share best practices as it relates to privileges, bylaws, quality, and medical staff.

Assist with efforts to identify and retain continuing sources of physician staff and other key employees. Also, assist in the recruitment and location of physicians and needed specialists for filling hospital staff needs, as needed.

Receive, investigate, and, where possible, resolve conflicts referred by the medical staff leadership. Report complaints against members of the medical staff to the appropriate bodies.

Work with other physician leaders to implement identified best practices and evidence based initiatives.

Serve as resource for medical staff leaders on complex complaints, incidents and credentialing issues.

Clinical Care Management

Work with Division and hospital leadership on developing standardized approaches to reducing HACs, Improving Core Measures, and reducing problematic safety events

Work with Ardent CMO and Case Management leaders on continuum of care, medical necessity, length of stay, denials, and other key physician driven case management initiatives.

Evaluate the medical staff quality assurance, disease management and utilization review activities, and develop standards to improve quality outcomes, both clinically and administratively, to ensure the highest standards in the treatment and care of patients, and to ensure compliance with all relevant licensing and accrediting bodies.

Assist in development, implementation, and evaluation of all care management plans.

Serve as point person for EPIC clinical resource.

Develop and implement strategies that control the risks of patient care, monitor the effectiveness of these actions, and ensure proper documentation.

Dedicate specific resources to patient safety, particularly as related to medications errors and infection surveillance.

Provide leadership and vision in the development of clinical guidelines and care pathways.


Provide direction for continuing medical education programs for the medical staff, support staff, graduate, and post-graduate medical education.

Work with local leadership to ensure appropriate administrative direction for graduate and post-graduate medical education programs

Resource Allocation

Support the development of managed care plans and physicians services strategic plans supporting the business plan of the organization and develops annual work plans to implement strategies.

Foster an environment conducive to a managed care market with continuous review of resource utilization, education, and training opportunities that support resource effectiveness.

Participate in information systems development to allow feedback to physicians regarding practice patterns and performance.

Support clinical integration and population health initiatives.

Goals & Objectives:

Become known as a facilitator and champion of new clinical initiatives refining approaches to clinical programs and quality improvement strategies.

Be recognized as liaison between medical staff leaders and clinicians.

Provide necessary input in setting organizational performance metrics in care management and in issues relating to regulatory oversight which impact physicians.

Ensure that Lovelace Health System excels at delivering the highest quality of care and improve patient satisfaction scores at the hospitals, ensuring the hospitals' place as the provider of choice for patients.

Take responsibility for improving clinical quality indicators, patient safety, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction at the hospital.

Develop physician leadership where necessary to implement the strategies in specific product lines.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate should have a demonstrable track record in physician leadership and experience as a practitioner. Experience as a hospital medical director and success on administrative side in a complex healthcare environment or equivalent is preferred. He/she should be knowledgeable about managed care. He/she will have experience with designing effective clinical practice patterns with physicians to decrease utilization and/or enhance quality of outcomes in service lines.

The individual will have a demonstrated understanding of general principles of healthcare management, and the complexities of the current financing system. An understanding of regulatory and accreditation standards and the basic issues and principles of healthcare law and the implications of the Stark Laws, Fraud and Abuse, For-Profit status and physician inurnment and familiarity of medical staff organization, credentialing, bylaws, rules, and regulations. The selected candidate will have an understanding of principles and implications of standards for quality of care, quality of monitoring, utilization reviews, discharge planning, and related features of today's healthcare environment. Demonstrated experience in negotiations. The successful candidate will be an acknowledged quality clinician and affirmed as such by peers.


5-7 years of medical executive leadership roles preferred

M.D or D.O. Degree required; MBA or other advanced management degree preferred

Board Certified

Advanced degree in the area of healthcare administration or related field is desirable



Clinical and Operational excellence

o Effectively implements evidence-based practice

o Consistently plans, measures, an adjusts performance to ensure optimal outcomes

o Makes Changes that drive increased quality

Holistic approach

o Diagnoses root causes to problems

o Redirects competing efforts to achieve a greater common good

o Improves how different parts of the organization work together


Promotes a collaborative environment

o Establishes mutual respect

o Effectively resolves conflict

o Holds oneself and others accountable

Identifies & Develops Talent

o Recognizes positive performance

o Takes action to address performance shortfalls

o Solicits and acts upon feedback


Patient Centered Customer Service

o Develops and improves process from a patient perspective

o Actively solicits input to ensure optimal service delivery

o Safeguards and honors other's dignity and humanity

Cultivate a compassionate environment

o Cares for the entire person

o Intentionally works put others at ease

o Listens actively to understand and respond to others


Business Acumen

o Understands how our organization competes and differentiates in the marketplace

o Acts like an owner of the business

o Connects and communicates how individual work contributes to financial objectives

Continually Simplifies & Improves

o Improves performance by optimizing resources (physical, financial, and human)

o Challenges conventional practices when they are overly complex

o Eliminates waste


Fosters Innovation

o Seeks out emerging best practices and technologies

o Engages input and involvement from all levels

o Champions adoption of innovation

Sets Clear Direction

o Defines clear and measurable strategic plans

o Executes to deliver results

o Surveys the relevant environment for trends and opportunities