Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital

Melissa Owens


Melissa has been with the Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital (LURH) for eight years, serving as nurse manager for the past four years. She has been instrumental in nurse recruitment and retention efforts while overseeing a team of 75+ RNs, LPNs, patient care technicians and unit clerks. Having worked closely with senior leadership and the quality team, she has assisted in multiple Quality Improvement Plans and helped develop robust interdisciplinary programs. Melissa completed her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at New Mexico Highland University and is currently pursuing her master of science in nursing (MSN) from Chamberlain University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, New Mexico Nurses Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

David Mork


David Mork, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, came to Lovelace Health System in November 2021. 

David comes to Lovelace from AU Health Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehab & Specialty Hospitals in Warm Springs, Georgia, where he served as CEO for eight years. During his tenure, David transitioned the state-owned and operated hospitals into private 501(c)3 hospitals, part of Augusta University Health System. He consistently achieved an increase in volume year over year, as well as increased revenue and decreased expenses in a challenging, rural market.

Prior to serving at AU Health Roosevelt, David was CEO of Select Specialty Hospital Augusta in Augusta, Georgia, where he was responsible for an 80-bed, free standing long-term acute care hospital. He increased the hospital’s profitability by 70 percent and increased admissions and average daily census (ADC) percent in his first year. David’s leadership also resulted in one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the company while achieving and maintaining high employee engagement scores.

David received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and a master of public health degree in hospital administration from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He also completed change management fellowship coursework from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

David is a delegate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy board and an AHA Mentor, a member of the Georgia Hospital Association Finance/Audit Committee and serves on the National Association of Long-Term Hospitals board of directors. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Matt Maes


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