New Mexico Business First has made it official – Patricia Montoya, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value, is a 2018 Woman of Influence.
The New Mexico business publication said Montoya was selected for the honor because she has made a “lasting, positive mark on New Mexico.”
Montoya and other honorees will be feted at an awards luncheon Feb. 12 at Sandia Resort & Casino and in a special issue of the publication. This year's Women of Influence come from a wide variety of industries and their roles are just as varied. They are CEOs, entrepreneurs, doctors, nonprofit leaders and more.
In 2015, Montoya was named executive director of the newly formed Coalition. As head of the organization, she focuses on improving the health care system through innovation and transformation and providing a neutral place for stakeholders to come together and learn about complex health care issues, as well as how together they can drive the change in health care to improve the quality and efficiency in the system, while reducing the waste and decreasing cost. She also tracks national and state policies that have an impact on these issues as well as employer health care benefits.
She also serves as the director of government relations for HealthInsight New Mexico. She had been the project director of the Robert Wood Johnson Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative for six years and prior to that she was the director of new business and government relations for the New Mexico Medical Review Association.
Montoya was the Secretary of Health for the State of New Mexico during the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson and as cabinet secretary she helped complete the State's first comprehensive health plan, improve immunization rates, and improve the department's accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness.
President Bill Clinton appointed Montoya to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families Administration and he appointed her as regional director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Dallas office.
The Coalition executive director is a graduate of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government State Health Leadership Initiative.
She serves on board of Presbyterian Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows National Advisory Committee.
She is a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees Quality and Safety Committee. In the past she has served on many other local and state boards.
A native of New Mexico, Montoya is a registered nurse and a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in Nursing and a master's degree in Public Administration/Health Administration.