January 2000

St. Joseph Healthcare, Albuquerque, N.M.

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Steven J. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer

"The values-based leadership provided by Catholic Health Initiatives at a national level is a major benefit to our organization. It encourages us at the market-based level to focus on mission and ministry and enables our board and management to work towards improved community health," said Steven J. Smith, president and chief executive officer, St. Joseph Healthcare, Albuquerque, N.M. "Also, the strength and size of Catholic Health Initiatives helps us make the most of our financial resources. We’ve been able to re-structure debt, lower interest rates and invest more money in providing care."

St. Joseph Healthcare, which includes three acute care hospitals and a rehabilitation hospital, is the largest, hospital-based system in Albuquerque. St. Joseph Healthcare was recently selected as one of six health care systems in the country to participate in a W. K. Kellogg Foundation funded study to demonstrate best practices that focus on improving community health.

"Our founding congregation has handed on to us a tremendous responsibility for stewardship to advance our mission for another 100 years," said Smith. "New Mexico would be much poorer if not for St. Joseph Healthcare. I’ve been blessed with a hard-working staff that views St. Joseph Healthcare as the provider of vital health care services in the community. Thousands of people depend on us as the sole remaining provider of faith-based health care in New Mexico."

In his seventh year at St. Joseph Healthcare, Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); he also serves as ACHE’s Regent for New Mexico. He is immediate-past chairman of the New Mexico Hospital and Health Systems Association and serves on the board of directors of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Schools of Management. Smith’s 24-year career in health care management includes executive positions with two large health care delivery and financing systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

"In keeping with Catholic Health Initiatives’ theme, ‘A spirit of innovation, a legacy of care,’ St. Joseph Healthcare is actively shaping its future services based on a clear vision of customer-focused health care," said Smith.