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Lincoln County Medical Center Welcomes New Leaders

Release Date:

October 25, 2016

RUIDOSO, N.M. – Wendi Hulett, former Chief Nursing Officer for Artesia General Hospital, has joined Lincoln County Medical Center as Director of Patient Care Services, while Lorri McKnight has been named the hospital’s new Human Resources Manager.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lorri and Wendi to Lincoln County Medical Center,” said Todd Oberheu, Administrator, Lincoln County Medical Center. “Each of them brings unique experience and skills to our team. I look forward to working with them.”  

Hulett brings more than 11 years of healthcare experience to LCMC. As Chief Nursing Officer for Artesia General Hospital, she oversaw multiple departments. Her primary focus was staff retention and recruitment in a rural community.

“As Director of Patient Care Services at Lincoln County Medical Center, I look forward to supporting the providers and staff who care for this community every day,” said Hulett. “My goal is to continue recruiting the providers we need to offer more services to the residents of Lincoln County.”

Hulett earned her bachelor’s in nursing at Montana State University-Northern. She also earned a master’s in nursing and a master’s in health administration, both from the University of Phoenix.

Before joining LCMC, McKnight was working as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) handling tax returns and audit services for Scott Northam. Prior to that, she was with City Bank as a mortgage lender. She also served as the Manager for the Village of Ruidoso, where she was responsible for 195 employees and oversaw all departments and services. McKnight brings more than 15 years of management experience to LCMC.

“I am excited about this great opportunity,” said McKnight. “As a longtime resident of Lincoln County, I look forward to being a part of the outstanding team that cares for this community.”

McKnight has a bachelor’s in psychology from Lamar University in Texas, as well as a master’s in business administration from the University of Houston in Texas. She is a licensed CPA in New Mexico.

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About Lincoln County Medical Center:
Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility that has been leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1972. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, three rural clinics and a countywide ambulance service in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.

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Kerri Dufault
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