Lovelace Regional Hospital

Meghann Hutchison

Chief Financial Officer


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.

Nicholas Shirilla

Chief Executive Officer


Nicholas Shirilla joins Lovelace Regional Hospital from UT Health Athens in Athens, Texas, where he has served as associate administrator for the last year and a half. During his tenure there, Shirilla was the leading operator of the 127-bed facility. He developed multiple initiatives to increase the facility’s Net Promoter Score by 25%, operationalized a sleep center in Athens and led the development of an agreement to provide nephrology call coverage for the hospital, clinic space and the development of a dialysis program.

Prior to his time at UT Health Athens, Shirilla served as associate administrator for Lovelace Medical Center, where he provided strategic direction to radiation oncology, imaging, environmental services, dietary, therapies department, safety, transport, lab and COVID-19 tents and screeners.

Shirilla is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a master of science in health care delivery from Arizona State University.

Christy Escandon

Chief Nursing Officer


Christy Escandon joins Lovelace from UT Health Tyler in Ardent Health Services’ East Texas market, where she served as CNO for the 502 bed hospital. As CNO, she helped UT Health Tyler maintain its Leapfrog Hospital Safety Group “A” grade and achieved The Texas Hospital Association Bill Aston Award for Quality in 2020. Escandon also implemented policy standardization, negotiated and coordinated IV pump conversion, coordinated improved restraint management and monitoring and supported increased capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to serving at UT Health Tyler, Escandon was CNO for Texas Health Resources in Plano, Texas, where she provided oversight of the 384 bed hospital. She also served as its executive sponsor for heart and vascular, women infants and children (WIC) and trauma service lines.

Escandon received a bachelor of science degree in nursing, a master’s degree of business administration from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and a master of science degree in nursing from Western Governors University in Millcreek, Utah. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and the North Texas Organization of Nurse Leaders (NTONL).