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

Abigail Kendall


Abigail brings over 20 years of nursing experience, most recently serving as CNO at Lake Granbury Medical Center in Granbury, Texas. During her tenure, she guided this organization from a CMS 3 Star to a 4 Star rating, as well as improved its Leapfrog Hospital Safety grade from a C to an A. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Abigail provided clinical leadership, opening surge areas and accommodating a tripled ICU census. Under her direction, this facility also earned and maintained certification in Trauma Level IV, Texas Maternal Level II and Neonatal Level I, and received Perinatal, Total Joint and Bariatric designations from The Joint Commission. Prior to working for Lake Granbury Medical Center, Abigail was the director of nursing operations for Hillcrest Healthcare System-Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was responsible for daily operations/financial performance for inpatient wound, outpatient wound, infusion teams, staffing office, float pool, house supervisors, rapid response, transport, 6Tower and rehab nursing departments. Abigail earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. She received her masters of healthcare administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was named Ardent Health Services CNO of the Year in 2010.

Derrick Cuenca


Derrick Cuenca, chief executive officer of Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) and Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, came to Lovelace Health System in December of 2020.

LMC is the flagship hospital of the Lovelace Health System, dedicated to exceeding patients’ expectations and offering unparalleled health care. It offers New Mexico’s only Gamma Knife Center, specializing in non-invasive brain surgery. LMC is home to a state-of-the-art Cancer Care program, which features the state’s most advanced technology and most experienced team in the fight against cancer. It has also earned The Joint Commission’s certification as a Primary Stroke Center, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus award for commitment to quality patient care.

Derrick brings considerable healthcare experience to this position, most recently serving as CEO of MountainView Regional Medical Center and MountainView Medical Group in Las Cruces, NM, where he was responsible for its 168-bed acute care hospital, a free-standing emergency department, three urgent care clinics, a multi-specialty physician group (120 providers), two joint venture ambulatory surgery centers and 1,600 employees. Derrick oversaw expansion of physician services and specialties, surgical services and the addition of operating rooms to accommodate community need. Finally, he led the executive team, directors and managers to drive operational/quality improvement, receiving the 2019 Quest for Excellence Award in the large hospital category from the New Mexico Hospital Association for advancing patient safety, performance improvement, and quality.

Prior to his role at MountainView, Derrick was CEO of Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC) and Lakeside Physicians in Granbury, TX, where he led 700 employees at the 83-bed medical center and physician group. Under his leadership, LGMC improved its CMS ranking from 2 stars to 4 stars.

Derrick earned a bachelor of science degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois as well as a master of science degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He served nine years in the United States Navy, earning three Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals.

Meghann Hutchison


Meghann has worked for Lovelace for more than six years, most recently as assistant chief financial officer and interim chief financial officer for Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) and Heart Hospital of New Mexico (HHNM.) In her role as associate chief financial officer, Meghann managed the month-end close, including reviewing the general ledger details, net revenue model, financial statements, capital planning, and analysis for senior leadership. She also partnered with outgoing CFO Reuben Murray on a plan that resulted in reduced expenses and increased gross revenue.

Meghann is a certified public accountant. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

Denzil Ross

Chief Operating Officer & Administrator of the Heart Hospital New Mexico


Denzil brings close to ten years of experience as a health care executive, most recently as chief operating officer and ethics and compliance Officer at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. In his time with Metropolitan Methodist, Denzil was responsible for the day to day operations, budget and patient care in clinical and ancillary areas of a 330 bed hospital with 1,300 employees. Prior to coming to Lovelace, Denzil served at several health care facilities, including Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, KS and Truman Medical Center, Inc., in Kansas City, MO.

Denzil earned a bachelor of science in computer science with an emphasis in system analysis from Park University in Parkville, MO. He then earned a master in business administration/master in healthcare administration from Park University. Denzil is Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified and is a member of the America College of Healthcare Executives.

Community Engagement

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