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Presbyterian Healthcare Services System Leadership

Jim Hinton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hinton serves as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system and its largest provider of healthcare. He is the 2014 chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy.

Mr. Hinton has served in his current role at Presbyterian since July 1995 and has been with the organization since 1983. During his tenure at Presbyterian, Mr. Hinton has led the development of Presbyterian's integrated system, which includes Presbyterian Health Plan, formed in 1985, and Presbyterian Medical Group, formed in 1991.

Mr. Hinton serves as a member of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors and as chair of the Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors. He formerly chaired the AHA's Committee on Research and the Operations Committee. He also served on the board of Premier healthcare alliance and chaired the board of the Healthcare Institute.

He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2013 and was recognized in the 2013 "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" published by Becker's Hospital Review.

Mr. Hinton received a Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Arizona State University in 1983 and a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of New Mexico.

Paul Briggs

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Paul Briggs serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Mr. Briggs has extensive healthcare finance and operations experience with hospital systems, physicians groups and health plans. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Carondelet Health System in St. Louis and the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. He held executive leadership positions for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound for ten years in senior financial and operational roles.

Mr. Briggs received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Kathy Davis, RN

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Presbyterian Delivery System

Kathy Davis is Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Ms. Davis earned a Bachelor's of Nursing degree from West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas, and a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico.

She serves on the boards for the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Executives and the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, where she is chair-elect.

Ms. Davis was a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow from 2000-2003.

Diane Fisher

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Diane Fisher joined Presbyterian in 2002. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law, Ms. Fisher practiced law in several venues, focusing on healthcare issues including organization, licensure, healthcare contracting and state and federal legislative and regulatory issues.

She was the General Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health and was in private practice in Albuquerque just prior to joining Presbyterian.

She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Colorado and before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Dale Maxwell

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dale Maxwell joined Presbyterian in 2002 and was named Chief Financial Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in 2010 after serving as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Delivery System, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Medical Group, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Presbyterian Health Plan.

Mr. Maxwell is responsible for managing the fiscal affairs of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, including capital planning, investment management, and other related matters that ensure the integrity of the organization's fiscal strength. He also directs Presbyterian's internal and external auditing functions and directly supports three Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors committees: Finance, Compliance and Audit, and Investment.

His career has included leadership roles in physician and hospital organizations, financial planning, performance and quality improvement, organizational development, and systems implementation.

Mr. Maxwell earned his Bachelor's of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and his Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University in Orange, New Jersey.

Lee Marley

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Lee Marley joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in 2011 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. She has primary accountability for ensuring the Information Technology needs of Presbyterian and its customers are met with the highest rate of satisfaction and responsiveness. Her responsibilities include all aspects of planning, project execution and Information Technology support, including Telecommunications.

Ms. Marley has over 30 years of leadership experience in the Healthcare Information Technology industry. Prior to joining Presbyterian, she was the Associate Chief Information Officer at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics in Stanford, California. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Information Officer for nine years at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, California. Mills-Peninsula Health Services ranked 19th on the 2010 Leapfrog 65 best hospitals in the country list and Stanford Hospitals and Clinics ranked 20th.

Ms. Marley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with honors from Auburn University in Alabama and her Master of Science degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Alabama.

Joanne Suffis

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Joanne Suffis joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in April 2013 as Senior Vice President for Human Resources. She has worked in the human resources field for 25 years, most recently as vice president of human resources for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, an 11,000-employee, five-hospital organization. She oversaw a department of 90 human resources professionals and a $500 million-plus budget while at Swedish. She served as executive director and then interim vice president of human resources at the University of Washington.

Her career has included a variety of other human resources positions with increasing responsibility, for companies such as General Electric and Gap Inc. She started her career at the National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles.

Ms. Suffis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and recently obtained a certificate in high performance leadership through Cornell University.

Todd Sandman

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Todd Sandman joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in 2001 and currently oversees the system's strategy, business planning, marketing, communications, public relations, and public policy advocacy. He worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC in several communications roles from 1993 to 1998. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Communications from George Washington University in 1992 and his Master's in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2009.

Mr. Sandman currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Commerce and Industry and Albuquerque Economic Development, and on the United Way of Central New Mexico Corporate Cornerstone Council.

Jackson R. Ellison

Vice President, Corporate Compliance

Jackson Ellison serves as Vice President, Corporate Compliance and Corporate Compliance Officer and is responsible for corporate business ethics and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Ellison joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in 1993 and has served as Executive Director of Presbyterian Physician Resources (Presbyterian Medical Group) and Administrative Director for Presbyterian Albuquerque Ancillary Services.

Prior to joining Presbyterian, Mr. Ellison worked for Ford Motor Company at its national headquarters, was a Medical Products Manager, and served as the Executive Director of Radiology Associates of Albuquerque, PA.

He served on the Boards of Directors for the Reference Laboratories, Affiliated Imaging Associates, Southwest Magnetic Imaging Associates and the New Mexico Ethics Alliance. He currently serves on the Compliance and Audit Committee of Tricore Reference Laboratories.

Mr. Ellison holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico Robert O. Anderson School of Business and Administrative Sciences and is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Certification Board.