Lovelace Division

David Schultz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bio

As president and chief executive officer, David Schultz leads operations for Lovelace Health System, which includes five acute care hospitals, 33 clinics and 266 providers. He has more than 25 years of experience leading hospital and physician group operations, system integration, strategy and growth.

Mr. Schultz most recently served as senior vice president of operations and service lines for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington, which encompasses 11 hospitals, nearly 5,000 employed and affiliated providers, and 18,000 team members. During his eight-year tenure with the system, he also served as market president for its Peninsula Region and president of Harrison Medical Center.

Previously, Mr. Schultz was an executive leader for hospitals in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. He began his career with Ardent-affiliated Hillcrest HealthCare System in Tulsa, Oklahoma, prior to serving as vice president of professional services for East Texas Medical Center, the predecessor organization of Ardent-affiliated UT Health Tyler.
A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and earned a master’s of healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Matt Maes, CPA

Associate Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Matt has over 20 years’ experience in finance, eight of those in healthcare. He came to Lovelace Health System in 2011, serving as the Controller for the Lovelace Health Plan.  In 2013 he concurrently became the Controller over the Lovelace Retail Pharmacy. Matt joined Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2015. He is responsible for the fiscal health for the 62 inpatient beds at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as six outpatient therapy clinics located in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Jemez, and one outpatient pain management clinic. Matt also oversees several operational departments, including Admissions, EVS, Dietary, Plant Operations, Health Information Management, and the Lovelace Pain Clinic.

Prior to joining Lovelace, Matt was the Assistant Controller for Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM and the Director of Reinsurance Accounting for SouthwestRE, also in Albuquerque. Matt also served as the Senior Assurance and Consulting Accounting for REDW, one of the ten largest public accounting firms in the southwest.

Matt completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico. He is a fellow of The Advisory Board Leadership Program, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Matt was also a finalist for Albuquerque Business First’s Top CFO of the Year in 2016.

Community Engagement

  • ARCA-Opening Doors, Current Board President, Board Member since 2012
  • Children's Grief Center of New Mexico, Board of Directors

Richard Haun

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Richard Haun has served as chief financial officer for Lovelace Health System since May 2021. Richard has been the division CFO for the Ardent Health Services Americas Division for six years and will continue to serve in that role in addition to division CFO for Lovelace Health System.

Richard previously served as CFO of Lovelace Women’s Hospital from 2009 – 2010. He is consistent in developing and implementing strategic and tactical plans, forging business relationships and working closely with clinical and management teams. With more than 19 years of progressive and successful leadership experiences, he consistently supports organizations in achieving superior revenue growth, operating profit, and margin levels. He has been instrumental in guiding Lovelace financially as we cared for our community in the face of COVID-19.

Richard earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Vesta Sandoval, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Bio

As an integral part of the Lovelace family, Dr. Sandoval has served as past Chief of Staff at Lovelace Medical Center, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and served as chair or member of Critical Care, Stroke, Peer Review and Credentials Committees. She also served as the Director of the intensive care unit (ICU) and Director of Respiratory services for Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Women’s Hospital and Lovelace Medical Center. She is now Vice president of the Lovelace Medical Center hospital board of directors and serves on the Board of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.

Dr Sandoval was born and raised in New Mexico, graduating from Los Lunas High School and attending college on a basketball scholarship.

Dr. Sandoval received a bachelor of science degree from University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX and a master of science degree from University of Houston at Clear Lake in Houston, TX. She earned her degree in medicine from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Sandoval completed her internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, as well as her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine.

Dr. Sandoval has been a Fellow of American Chest Physicians since 2001. She was named a Top Doc by ABQ the Magazine in 2012.

Dr. Sandoval continues to see patients at the Lovelace Medical Group Pulmonary clinic located in the Lovelace Medical Towers, 500 Walter St. N.E., Suite 501.