Hope Wade Named Chief Operating Officer For CHRISTUS St. Vincent February 19, 2019

CHRISTUS St. Vincent is pleased to announce that Hope Wade has been selected as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. Wade, who has served as the health system’s Chief Financial officer since July of 2017, brings more than 23 years of extensive health care management experience to the role, including experience in financial planning, decision support and operational strategy, as well as budget and capital planning processes.

According to President and CEO Lillian Montoya, Wade was a natural choice for the role.

“Early on, we engaged a national search firm to assist us in finding the right person for this job. All along, the best candidate was right here,” said Montoya. “In her role as CFO, Hope has demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to our mission and values -- helping to guide our organization through nearly two years of positive financial growth.”

Prior to joining CHRISTUS St. Vincent, Wade served as CFO for Lovelace Medical Group and, prior to that, as Interim CFO with Northern Arizona Healthcare. During her 11-year career with Northern Arizona Healthcare, she was involved in many strategic initiatives throughout a period of realignment and systemization.

Wade began her career as an auditor with Arthur Anderson in Oklahoma City, where she focused on clients in the health care and oil and gas industries. She then became a financial analyst at St. Anthony Hospital, where she gained her knowledge of hospital operations, including the operation of several clinics and a retail pharmacy. She has a background in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans in addition to financial forecasting and accounting processes.

Wade succeeds Lillian Montoya, who held the role of CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming President and CEO.


CHRISTUS St. Vincent is a private, not-for-profit hospital serving more than 300,000 people in seven counties in northern New Mexico. CHRISTUS St. Vincent was founded in 1865 by the Sisters of Charity and is New Mexico's first hospital and the largest private employer in Santa Fe offering over 34 specialized services and physician clinics. Our healing ministry is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.