Los Alamos Medical Center Appoints New CEO

9/30/2011

Seasoned Hospital Executive Feliciano Jiron Named to Leadership Post

Los Alamos, N.M. (September 30, 2011) – Los Alamos Medical Center announced today that New Mexico native Feliciano Jiron has been appointed its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective October 24.  Jiron replaces Curt Smith, who has served the hospital as interim CEO since April.

“LAMC’s Board of Directors and Physician Advisory Council worked together closely to recruit Feliciano to this important position. We are confident that he is the right person to lead this organization into the future,” said Don Bivacca, president of LifePoint Hospitals’ National Division, of which Los Alamos Medical Center is a part.

Jiron brings to Los Alamos Medical Center nearly 15 years of hospital operations experience, most recently serving as president and CEO of Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Andreas, Calif., since 2007.  Jiron also previously served as assistant CEO/COO of Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Ariz.; CEO of Mimbres Memorial Medical Center in Deming, N.M.; and assistant CEO/COO of Northeastern Regional Medical Center.  In each of these positions, he is credited with driving quality, improving physician and employee relations, and expanding market share.

Jiron is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Las Vegas, NM.  He is married and he and his wife, Johanna, have four children; Maximus, McKenzie, and twins Gunnar and Nieve.  He and his family are looking forward to returning to Northern New Mexico.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Feliciano’s experience and expertise joining our hospital. I look forward to welcoming him to our community,” said Los Alamos Medical Center Board Chairman Steve Wells. “My sincere thanks go to Curt Smith, who has done outstanding work for our organization over the last six months.”

Jiron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Steward University and is pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota.  He served the United States Army from 1991 to 1998.

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