The New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value (Coalition), a 501(c)3, employer-led, multi-stakeholder dues-paying member coalition works collaboratively to enhance population health in our state by increasing the value of our healthcare system with a focus on transparency, quality, and cost.
Having originated from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative, the NM Coalition has grown into an independent, dues-paying member organization. It provides employer tools, data and information, as well as impartial forums where private and public partners engage in aligning efforts that drive meaningful change in the state's healthcare system. The Coalition's employer members best use their strength in numbers by working together and having a strong “voice” in advocacy, policy and sharing of best practices.
"The Coalition provides needed services for our members, like valued learning seminars with top speakers, for healthcare purchasers, providers and insurers on relevant concerns, best practices, and innovations taking place in the field," said Mark Tyndall, past Chair of the Coalition. "We follow trends, policies and advances in the healthcare system, like pricing transparency, and we also research and publish practical employer tools--like our Employers Guide to NM Health Plans--to improve our healthcare system." Tim Rivera, Vice Chair of the Coalition said the Coalition is strengthening the combined voice of its employer members, and, as such, "welcomes new members, both small and larger employers/purchasers, in joining us."
NM Coalition for Healthcare Value Members
Albuquerque Public Schools
Berger Briggs Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield NM
City of Albuquerque
Delta Dental of New Mexico
New Mexico Hospital Association
New Mexico Mutual
Nusenda Credit Union
Presbyterian Health Plan
Sandia National Labs
Southwest Capital Bank
True Health New Mexico
United Health Care
Versatile MED Analytics
Executive Director of the NM Coalition, Susan joined the Coalition early in 2019, after having worked in Southwest healthcare, insurance, oil & gas, and nonprofit industries for nearly 20 years. Susan is an expert in strategic planning, nonprofit development, marketing and branding. Before coming to the Coalitiion, she served as Vice President of Business Development at New Mexico Mutual, and as head of marketing, public and provider relations, and governmental affairs for Lovelace Health System. She serves as marketing chair on the Executive Board for United Way of Central New Mexico and is also a member of the state's Economic FORUM. She has been recognized as a 2011 Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First, and also continues her work as president of Susan J Wilson Consulting, a strategic planning and marketing firm.
Christine Hollis, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, is a health communication and policy specialist. Before coming to the Coalition, she coordinated the New Mexico DoH effort, funded by CMMS, that developed a State Improvement Model to improve the healthcare and public health system. She has served as the NM KIDS COUNT director, a researcher/evaluator for UNM’s Prevention Research Center, as Deputy Director of the national Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign, director of the Center for Wellness & Health Communication at Harvard University’s HMO, and she has consulted for a variety of agencies, including the Notah Begay III Foundation, the NM and MA Departments of Health, University of New Mexico, and the Indian Health Service.
Board of Directors:
Jeff Dye, President and CEO of the New Mexico Hospital Association, represents 45 member hospitals across the state, Dye is chairman of the Board of Hospital Services Corporation. For the past 26 years, he has worked in small and rural hospital settings and has broad experience in community health planning, hospital operations, legislative initiatives and state and national hospital association governance.
Mary Romero Hart
Mary Romero Hart is the senior manager, Health Benefits and Employee Services at Sandia National Laboratories. She has more than 30 years of progressive HR management including talent acquisition, talent management, labor bargaining, employee benefits, HR policy, performance management, compensation, training and development, wellness programs, on-site clinical services, procurement, budget/financial management, and HRIS project management. At Sandia National Laboratories, she has been responsible for five departments and accountable for an approximately $125M budget.
Tim Rivera is the representative of the City of Albuquerque to the NM Coalition Board. He is a native New Mexican and has worked in the health insurance/benefits industry for 29 years. Tim has experience working for health insurers, consultants and large employers. Tim is a proud father of an adult daughter currently working in the behavioral health industry assisting troubled youth.
F. Kiko Torres, MD
F. Kiko Torres, MD, is the medical director of Primary Care for True Health New Mexico. Dr. Torres practiced Family Medicine in various settings over the last 15 years, including with Presbyterian Medical Group, as assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico, and as medical director of First Nations Community Health Center.
Rene S. Yoder
René Yoder, a certified Senior Human Resources professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), has over 20 years of human resources experience, primarily in benefits. Rene is the Benefits Director for Central New Mexico Community College (CNMCC), but also worked for NM State University and Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces for a combined 17+years. She specializes in benefit related programs that impact NM large employers, like the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Affordable Care Act and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board retirement programs. She is active with local and state HR organizations.
Dr. David J. Yu
Dr. David J. Yu is a Medical Director for Presbyterian Health Plan. He has nine years of experience as a primary care physician and has been extensively involved in hospital medicine, serving for 15 years as medical director of hospitalist programs.
Dr. Yu has served on numerous national committees for the Society of Hospital Medicine, published articles on hospitalist operation, and lectured on the subject of patient flow at national conferences.