Derrick Jones


Derrick Jones has 20 years of Acute & Post-Acute Hospital experience working with organizations such as Catholic Health initiatives, Ascension Health, HealthSouth, and Lovelace Health System.  Mr. Jones obtained a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Auburn University and an MBA and Master of Science Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Mr. Jones worked in operations with 8 different hospitals before he transitioned into the role of the CEO of HealthSouth hospital in Midland Texas.  During his term with HealthSouth hospital, the facility received the highest patient satisfaction award in the Texas region in 2009 and was also recognized as the most improved hospital in 2010 and again in 2011.  In 2017 Derrick successfully lead Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital into a Joint Venture with UNM.  Upon successful completion of the JV, the first Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program commenced in July 2019.   Mr. Jones currently holds the office of CEO for Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital which he has held for over 7 years.

Career highlights:

  • Recipient of the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work Award 2018, 2019
  • Recipient of the Ardent award for highest employee loyalty 2018
  • Recipient of the Ardent CEO of the year in 2013
  • Recipient of the Ardent Quality award in 2013
  • Albuquerque’s Business First top CEO nominee 2013
  • Brain Injury Alliance Recognition Award for outstanding contribution and support 2014
  • Recipient of the HealthStream Awards of Excellence: Excellence Through Insight Award for Most Improved Small Hospital in overall employee satisfaction and engagement

Community Engagement

  • American Hospital Association, Governance Council for Long Term and IP Rehab Facilities
  • CNM Foundation, Board Member
  • Kirtland Airforce Base, Honorary Commander Program
  • New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, Past Executive Committee Board Member and Current Board Member
  • New Mexico Hospital Association Board Member
  • Health Services Corporation Board Member