Ron Stern has been the president and chief executive officer of Lovelace Health System since 2005. Under Ron’s leadership, Lovelace Health System has expanded their facilities, services and technology.
In August 2011, Ron oversaw the acquisition of Heart Hospital of New Mexico, giving our patients, health plan members and the community more access to important cardiac services, state-of-the-art technology and outstanding clinical quality and customer service. In 2012, Ron expanded Lovelace Health System into southeastern New Mexico, with the purchase of Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell. Southwest Medical Associates, now known as Lovelace Medical Group, became part of Lovelace Health System in the fall of 2012. 2016 saw Lovelace Health System and University of New Mexico Health System announce a new joint partnership to create Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2019, the largest cardiology group in the state, New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI), joined Lovelace Medical Group, further deepening the close partnership between NMHI surgeons and the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.
Under Ron’s leadership, Lovelace Health System was named a Top 15 Health System by Truven Analytics for 2016-2017. Lovelace hospitals have been named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare every year since 2008.
Since 2003, nearly $405 million has been invested into Lovelace’s facilities. Lovelace paid more than $245 million in salaries and wages to its employees in 2018 and provided more than $44 million in uncompensated care to the community of New Mexico.
Prior to joining Lovelace, Ron served as Chief Executive Officer for Century City Hospital and Midway Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. In this role, Ron led two acute care hospitals in adjoining communities, serving distinctly different patient populations. Century City Hospital has a national reputation for high-end cancer care, neurosurgery and other surgical specialties. Midway Hospital is a traditional community hospital with an active emergency room and large primary care base.
Ron holds a master’s degree in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College in New York City.
Ron is active in the Albuquerque community and served on various boards, including the Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico, Economic Forum, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central New Mexico.