Christus St. Vincent announced Monday a change in its leadership.

The Santa Fe-based health care system’s COO Lillian Montoya has been named to replace Patrick Carrier as its next CEO and president beginning June 15. Montoya will become Christus St. Vincent’s first female CEO since the original Sisters of Charity established St. Vincent Hospital in 1865. Carrier, who is retiring, served as president and CEO since November 2015.

Montoya joined Christus St. Vincent’s board of directors in 2010. She was elected chair in 2013, the same year she joined the organization’s administrative team as vice president for public policy and stakeholder engagement.


Patrick Carrier is set to retire as president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent in June.

As CAO and COO, Montoya oversaw the hospital’s labor management agreement with union NM 1199 and was involved in the construction of the Frost Pavilion, a $45 million wing that opened in 2017.

Before joining Christus St. Vincent, Montoya served as executive director of the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges and as program manager of the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. Before that, she was a principal at Flywheel Ventures LLC. She also served as director of the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory and as deputy director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

A native New Mexican, Montoya received her bachelor’s and MBA from the University of New Mexico.

“We are so thankful for Pat’s leadership over the past three years, during which Christus St. Vincent has made significant improvements in service offerings, patient experience and breadth and depth of our clinical capabilities,” said Jeff Puckett, executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement. “Pat’s retirement creates an exciting new opportunity as we appoint Lillian Montoya the new CEO of Christus St. Vincent. Her commitment and passion to making sure the system provides high-quality compassionate health care is very personal to her as a native of New Mexico. We are proud to have her as our CEO.”

Christus St. Vincent, which has about $400 million in annual revenue, is a not-for-profit hospital that serves seven counties in New Mexico and bills itself as the largest private employer in Santa Fe. Christus St. Vincent is No. 5 on Business First’s Largest New Mexico Hospitals List with 200 beds.

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