Lovelace Health System appoints veteran healthcare executives to senior leadership roles


ALBUQUERQUE – November 2, 2023 – Lovelace Health System (LHS) today announced the appointments of Brian Miller, BSIE, MSE, as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) and administrator of the Heart Hospital of New Mexico (HHNM) and Michael Kueker, MBA, as CEO of Lovelace Medical Group (LMG).

“We are excited to promote Brian to CEO and to welcome Michael to Lovelace,” said David Schultz, president and CEO of LHS. “I am confident in their proven leadership and respective skillsets to guide our organization to best meet the complex healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”

Miller has more than 16 years of healthcare experience and has served as chief operating officer for LMC and administrator of HHNM since June of 2022. During his tenure with Lovelace, he has been instrumental in implementing operations improvements and standardized practices at LMC. His leadership also helped HHNM achieve national recognition for patient safety and quality as a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital and one of U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the team at Lovelace Medical Center and our service to the community with growing quality healthcare services close to home,” said Miller. “The LMC team is committed to providing New Mexicans with a leading healthcare experience and evolving to meet the changing needs of our region.”

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Arkansas.

Kueker brings more than 23 years of executive experience leading medical practice operations to Lovelace. He most recently served as vice president of physician practice operations at Community Health Systems (CHS), and has served in a variety of medical practice leadership roles at CHS since 2006. Earlier in his career, he also served as physician practice administrator for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell.

“I’m excited to return to New Mexico to work with the renowned team of providers, nurses, caregivers and support staff at LMG,” said Kueker. “As a regional leader, Lovelace has shined bright providing innovative and high quality services for decades. I look forward to working with the team as we advance that mission for the communities we serve.”

Kueker is a graduate of Kansas State University and earned an MBA at William Woods University.



Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System  
Phone: 505.903.0367 

Lovelace Medical Center
Lovelace Medical Center (LMC), located in the heart of Albuquerque, is a 263-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees providing comprehensive care, including around-the-clock emergency care, surgical services, non-invasive robotic spine surgery, cardiology, stroke care, radiology and oncology services. Lovelace Medical Center was recently given a Spring 2021 Grade A by Leapfrog Hospital Safety and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2023 for the 11th consecutive year. It earned Spine Surgery Program Certification from DNV for 2022- 2025 by demonstrating excellence in orthopedic surgery, including diagnosis and treatments in spine surgery as well as Primary Stroke Center Certification from DNV for 2022 – 2025 for its readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems. Money and the Leapfrog Group named LMC to their list for 2022 Best Hospitals and Surgery Centers for Billing Ethics, showing its dedication to delivering the highest quality of care for patients, while ensuring adherence to the maximum ethical standards for billing. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Medical Center, visit

Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center
Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (HHNM) is New Mexico’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to cardiovascular care, including the state’s only facility performing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implants. The 55-bed facility, which features a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room where surgeons can perform advanced surgical services for cardiovascular patients, has become synonymous with high quality, technologically advanced cardiac care. HHNM was named a Top Teaching Hospital from 2020 - 2022 by Leapfrog Hospital Safety for its quality of care, including practices for safer surgery and capacity to prevent medication errors and has twice been named to The Best Hospital in America List for 2021 and 2022 (small teaching hospital category) by Money and the Leapfrog Group for its quality, safe care, a reputation for excellent patient experiences and an ethical approach to treatment. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, visit

Lovelace Medical Group
Lovelace Medical Group (LMG) is a multispecialty group of over 280 providers, including physicians and advanced practice providers serving a broad range of specialties and primary care. LMG provides patients with exceptional health care through its 33 health care clinics and the support of Lovelace Health System hospitals and technology. New Mexico Heart Institute/Lovelace Medical Group brings more than 32 years of diagnostic, interventional and preventive cardiovascular expertise to our community and state. To learn more about the experience and skilled providers of Lovelace Medical Group, visit