Lillian Montoya is President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CHRISTUS St. Vincent, a Santa Fe-based not-for-profit health care system, serving a seven-county region of North Central New Mexico.
Prior to serving as CEO, Montoya served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a role that included oversight of hospital operations including Surgical Services, Materials Management, Environmental Services, Food & Nutrition Services, the Clinical Laboratory, Medical Imaging Services and Respiratory Therapy in addition to oversight of the health system’s Service Excellence, Human Resources and Marketing & Communication units. She has also served as the organization’s principal advisor regarding advocacy and public affairs.
Montoya has more than 25 years of extensive experience in helping corporate, government, and non-profit leaders navigate strategic and organizational challenges. She has demonstrated proven results in designing, developing, and implementing programs that have made northern New Mexico communities better places to work.
Montoya is the first female CEO of the hospital since the original Sisters of Charity established St. Vincent Hospital in 1865. She joins a growing number of women assuming top leadership roles in the health care industry.
During her tenure as CAO and COO, Montoya led the organization to several key milestones, including the successful completion of a labor management agreement with NM 1199. She was also closely involved in the construction of the Frost Pavilion, which was largely a result of her community outreach and research conducted at more than 50 community meetings.
Montoya’s affiliation with CHRISTUS St. Vincent began in 2010 when she joined the hospital’s Board of Directors and was ultimately elected as Chair in 2013. Later that same year, she joined the organization’s administrative team as Vice President for Public Policy & Stakeholder Engagement.
In 2016, Montoya took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), overseeing the health system’s Service Excellence, Human Resources and Marketing & Communication units as well as public affairs and advocacy.
Prior to her work with CHRISTUS St. Vincent, she concurrently served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, as Program Manager of the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, and as a partner in the MVM Group, leading critical community efforts to strengthen New Mexico.
Previously, Montoya was a Principal at Flywheel Ventures, LLC, working with innovative entrepreneurs and early stage companies. While serving as Director of the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she led strategic planning efforts and corresponding investments in regional education, economic development and community giving. She was also Executive Director of the Regional Development Corporation. Her 12 years of state government service included serving as Deputy Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.
Montoya is a proud mother of two children, Elena Rael, a graduate of St. Michael’s High School, and Joshua Rael, a graduate of Santa Fe High School. A native New Mexican, Montoya has distinguished herself as an active participant in many community, business and educational organizations and has been repeatedly featured as a New Mexico top business “Power Broker” by New Mexico Business Weekly. She is immediate past chair of the New Mexico Associate of Commerce & Industry. She received her BA and MBA from the University of New Mexico.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System is a not-for-profit partnership between two organizations committed to delivering high quality health care services to the people of Santa Fe and North Central New Mexico. Those include CHRISTUS Health, an international health care organization, and SVHSupport, a Santa Fe-based organization that provides funding for projects to improve quality of care at the hospital and for complementary projects that directly impact the health and wellness of the community.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent employs more than 2,200 physicians and Associates and has nearly $400 million in annual revenue.