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New Mexico Healthcare Executives Annual Conference

  • Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras Ave NW Albuquerque, NM, 87102 United States (map)

Event Description

Join us for NMHE’s 2015 Annual Conference.  4.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Credits will be offered along with excellent networking opportunities.


Event Description at a Glance

  • Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015

  • Time:  7:00AM – 4:30PM

  • Location:  Hyatt Regency, Downtown Albuquerque.  330 Tijeras Ave NW

  • Cost: $200 Members.  $60 Student/Military.  $250 Non-Member.

  • Topic: NMHE Annual Conference.  Panel descriptions below.

  • Education Credits: 4.5

  • Food/Beverage:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided

  • Parking: Regular hotel parking

  • Dress:  Business casual


Detailed Event Agenda

  • 7:00AM-8:00AM:  Sign-in , breakfast and networking

  • 8:00AM-8:10AM:  NMHE President’s Welcome

  • 8:10AM-8:15AM:  Keynote Speaker Introduction, Christy LeMack, Ph.D, FACHE

  • 8:15AM-9:15AM:  Keynote Speaker Address, “Leadership Equity: The Key to Improving Population Health”

  • 9:15AM- 9:20AM: Nick Edwardson, Ph.D - UNM Masters of Health Administration Program Update

  • 9:20AM-9:30AM:  Regent’s Award Ceremony

  • 9:30AM-10:00AM: Break and Networking

  • 10:00AM-11:30AM: Panel Discussion, “Improving the Health Status of Your Community”

  • 11:30AM-1:00PM:  Networking, Lunch, Committee and Chapter Reports, Member Recognition

  • 1:00PM-2:30PM: Panel Discussion: “Sustainability of Healthcare Organizations: A Plan of Action”

  • 2:30PM-2:45PM: Break and Networking

  • 2:45PM-4:15PM: Panel Discussion: “Diversity in Healthcare Management”

  • 4:15PM-4:30PM: NMHE President’s Closing Remarks


Meet the Keynote Speaker

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, home to over 30 faculty, 8 educational programs, including graduate degrees in Health Informatics, Healthcare Quality and Safety, international degree programs, an Executive Doctorate in Health Administration, and the #2-ranked graduate program in health administration.

Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care management and leadership development, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance.  She is currently examining a complex pay-for-value program for physicians, interventions to improve population health, and the career trajectories of women leaders in health care.  She currently serves as Board Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and is a Board Member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. 

Previously, Christy was a faculty member in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and the Michael O. and Barbara Bice Professor of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan, MHA and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a BS in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois.





Meet the Panelists






Sustainability of Healthcare Organizations: A Plan of Action

  • Moderator:  Greg Nainani, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, New Mexico Heart Institute

  • Amy Blasing, MSN, BSN, RN, Administrator Urgent and Emergent Services, Presbyterian Healthcare Services

  • Martin Hickey, MD, Chief Executive Officer, New Mexico Health Connections

  • Lawrence Nylin, Government Contracts Director, Molina Healthcare Inc.


Improving the Health Status of Your Community

  • Moderator:  Christina Campos, MBA, FACHE, Administrator, Guadalupe County Hospital

  • Charles Milligan, JD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, United Healthcare Community Plan of New Mexico

  • Leah Steimel, MPH, Advocate and Community Relations Manager, New Mexico Health Connections

  • Dale Alverson, MD, Medical Director, University of New Mexico Center for Telehealth

  • Art Kaufman, MD, MPH, Vice Chancellor for Community Health University of New Mexico

  • Bruce Struminger, MD, MA, Associate Director Project Echo Institute,  University of New Mexico

Diversity in Healthcare Management

  • Moderator: Christy Lemak, Ph.D, FACHE, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Service Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Andrea Botero, Program Manager and Graduate Research Assistant, UNM Community Engagement Center

  • Nita Beth Looks Twice, CFO, Desert Hills Rehabilitation Center