Lovelace Health System is comprised of Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Lovelace Women's Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell, Southwest Medical Associates, Lovelace Medical Group and Lovelace Health Plan offering health insurance to New Mexicans with access to a wide range of health care providers and specialists across New Mexico, and 11 retail pharmacy locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.

Lovelace Health System continues to make significant investments in new services and technologies, and our nearly 4,000 employees and physicians are committed to providing our community with high quality health care and service.

Lovelace Health System consists of:

  • 6 hospitals: Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Women's Hospital, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell
  • Southwest Medical Associates and Lovelace Medical Group
  • Lovelace Pharmacy, with 11 retail pharmacies
  • Employees: 4,004
  • Emergency Department visits: 94,280
  • Surgeries: 26,857
  • Inpatient admissions: 24,865 and 4,269 newborns
  • Outpatient visits: 266,700
  • Number of prescriptions filled: 683,184
  • Number of beds: 606
  • Salary/wages/contract labor: $216,212,713
  • Taxes: $44,647,976
  • Charitable contributions & community support: $249,455
  • Uncompensated care, inpatient and outpatient: $82.5 million
  • Capital investments since 2003: $328 million

    History of Lovelace Health System

    The history of Lovelace Health System begins in the 1880s, when missionaries and philanthropists from the Midwest extended their mission of caring to Albuquerque. In 1901, they built the city's first hospital and a year later, they opened a sanitarium to care for the growing ranks of tuberculosis patients seeking health in the high, dry air of Albuquerque.

    In 1913, a young doctor named William Randolph Lovelace moved his frontier practice to the city. Before long he was renowned for his skill as a surgeon and his extraordinary compassion for his patients. Joined by Dr. Edgar T. Lassetter and eventually by other physicians, Dr. Lovelace modeled his pioneering group practice, the Lovelace Clinic, after Minnesota's respected Mayo Clinic.

    World War II changed life in unimaginable ways, spurring technological, social and economic growth in the American West - and demanding a new vision for the delivery of health care. With medicine rapidly advancing, ace pilot and decorated veteran Dr. Randy Lovelace followed in his uncle's footsteps, joining the Lovelace Clinic in 1946. He had already made a name for himself in the field of aviation medicine. As a fellow in surgery at the Mayo Clinic, he worked on the development of the BLB mask, which delivered oxygen to aviators flying at high altitudes. In fact, the "L" in BLB stands for Lovelace.

    In the late 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, a new federal agency called NASA announced its first major undertaking: Project Mercury, which would launch the first national manned space capsule into orbit around the earth. Rigorous testing at Lovelace Medical Center narrowed the field to a handful of men who would be known to history as the Mercury 7.

    Today, Lovelace Health System is recognized as a force for economic vitality in New Mexico as well as a provider of high quality care and affordable health insurance to residents of the state.

    Leading change has always been part of the Lovelace mission. Today, the Lovelace passion for change, innovation and caring lives on in our commitment to advanced medical technology, patient convenience and high quality health care.

    Senior Leadership

    Lovelace Senior Leadership Team, led by President and CEO Ron Stern, is a body of leadership that oversees the operations of the hospitals and all the facilities within Lovelace Health System.

    This team embraces and exemplifies all that Lovelace holds in its core vision and annual objectives for the organization's growth, quality initiatives, commitment to the community, and pledge to its patients, providers, payors and members.

    Lovelace Division


    Ron Stern

    President and
    Chief Executive Officer

    Stephen Forney

    Vice President and
    Chief Financial Officer

    Tyra Palmer

    VP Communications and
    Government Relations

    Dr. John Cruickshank

    Chief Medical Officer


    Lovelace Medical Center and Heart Hospital of New Mexico
    at Lovelace Medical Center

    Troy Greer

    Chief Executive Officer

    Laurie Bigham, RN

    Chief Nursing Officer


    Chad Pew

    Chief Operating Officer


    Peter Verrecchia

    Chief Financial Officer


    Lovelace Westside Hospital

    Farron Sneed

    Chief Executive Officer

    Nancye Cole, RN

    Chief Operating Officer &
    Chief Nursing Officer

    Reuben Murray

    Chief Financial Officer


    Lovelace Women's Hospital

    Sheri Milone

    Chief Executive Officer


    Janelle Raborn

    Chief Operating Officer

    Reuben Murray

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jane Ritter, RN

    Chief Nursing Officer


    Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital

    Derrick Jones

    Chief Executive Officer

    Andrea Solin

    Chief Financial Officer

    Cynthia Rankin

    Chief Nursing Officer


    Lovelace Pharmacy

    Brad Trom

    Chief Executive Officer


    Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell


    Dawn Tschabrun, RN

    Chief Executive Officer