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Presbyterian Healthcare Services System Leadership

Jim Hinton

Jim Hinton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hinton serves as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico, and the state's largest provider of healthcare. He served as the 2014 chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which 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 2014 and 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.

Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis, RN

Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Presbyterian Delivery System

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

Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor's of Nursing from West Texas A & M University, a Master's of Business Administration from the University New Mexico and an advanced certification as a Nurse Executive. She was fortunate to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow from 2000-2003 and continues as an Alumnus.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and provides leadership for the New Mexico Action Coalition focused on deploying the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing priorities. She also serves as a Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Nursing Administration. Connected to the Premier, Inc. organization, Ms. Davis was recently appointed to serve on the American Excess Insurance Exchange Board of Directors, and the Premier Board Member Quality Improvement Committee.

In 2011, Ms. Davis was inducted into the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management's Hall of Fame and received the Women of Influence Award from the New Mexico Business Journal.

Diane Fisher

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

Dale Maxwell

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dale Maxwell is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. He joined the organization in 2002 and has served in a variety of senior leadership positions in each part of Presbyterian's integrated healthcare system. He currently oversees all financial aspects of the organization and has oversight of Information Technology and Data and Analytics. His role also encompasses market development and expansion.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Mr. Maxwell led a successful strategy to issue $375 million in taxable and tax-exempt debt. During his tenure, he also successfully implemented an investment strategy to minimize the risk of the organization's defined benefit pension plan and oversaw the building of a new $50 million administrative office complex and the transition of more than 2,000 employees to the new building.

Previously, Mr. Maxwell served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Presbyterian Delivery System, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Medical Group, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Presbyterian Health Plan. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Albuquerque Ambulance Service and is on the Quality New Mexico Board of Examiners.

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Maxwell earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Seton Hall University in Orange, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell, MD

Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer

Jason Mitchell, MD is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Dr. Mitchell joined the organization in 2006 and has been in his current role since November 2014 focusing on redesigning clinical practice at the system level. He is transforming the traditional role of a chief medical officer to better serve clinicians and patients during this time of rapid healthcare change.

In his previous role as Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Mitchell was responsible for leading the successful selection, implementation and optimization of Presbyterian's electronic health record across eight hospitals, more than 73 clinics and a 700-plus provider medical group. Dr. Mitchell previously had served as Medical Director, Clinical Informatics, from 2006 to 2010.

Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Leadership Alliance, The Health Management Academy, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Greater Albuquerque Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico where he also completed his residency in family medicine. Board certified in both Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics, Dr. Mitchell continues to see patients at his practice in one of the Presbyterian Medical Group clinics.

Todd Sandman

Todd Sandman

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Todd Sandman has been with Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2001 and currently oversees the organization's strategy, business planning, marketing, communications, public relations, and public policy advocacy.

Mr. Sandman leads the annual strategic planning cycle and plays a key role in business and market development for Presbyterian's integrated system, which includes a statewide delivery system, health plan and employed provider group. Working with other senior leaders and governance members, Mr. Sandman is responsible for affirming that planning and development align with Presbyterian's purpose to improve the health of the patients, members and communities it serves. Mr. Sandman is active in developing new partnerships based on Presbyterian’s integrated financing and delivery model.

Before joining Presbyterian, Mr. Sandman worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1993-1998. He was a deputy press secretary for a U.S. senator, press secretary for a U.S. congressman, and worked on federal political campaigns. In 1998, Mr. Sandman moved to New Mexico, where he first began working in healthcare.

Mr. Sandman currently sits on the Board of Directors of Albuquerque Economic Development and has previously served on the boards of several other community organizations.

A native of Philadelphia, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Communications from George Washington University in 1992 and a Master's in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2009.

Joanne Suffis

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, Washington, an 11,000-employee, five-hospital organization. She also 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, California.

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 a certificate in high performance leadership from Cornell University.

She currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for the College and Career High School, a collaboration between Albuquerque Public Schools and the Central New Mexico Community College.