Lea Regional Medical Center
Lea Regional Medical Center
5419 North Lovington Highway
Hobbs, NM 88240
Tim Thornell, FACHE
Director of Physician Relations
Marva Johnston, MSN, WHNP-BC
Truett Maddox, MD
Unlimited potential for physicians to create a vibrant practice
An interview with Tim Thornell, CEO of Lea Regional Medical Center
What in your background makes you confident in your leadership and management style (competent) to be CEO of this hospital?
I started my career as a practice administrator, so I have extensive knowledge of building partnerships with physicians, and knowledge of what happens day to day in a practice. I have carried that experience with me into hospital administration, and I believe it makes me a well-rounded and fair CEO with an appreciation for both the inpatient and outpatient components of a physician’s practice.
What is your clinical vision for the hospital?
As CEO, I spend most of my time on two things – quality and growth. I’m passionate about creating high quality care with outstanding service for our community, and I’m looking for physicians who share that passion. I believe we should always strive to improve our delivery of care. However well we’re doing today, we can and must do better tomorrow. Our patients come to us for the experience, knowledge and compassion of our doctors, nurses, techs, therapists and other staff.
What do you want the doctor/patient’s experience to look like at your hospital?
We’re driven by core values of safety, quality, honesty and respect. We try to create a just culture, with the goal of providing excellent patient care in a safe and friendly environment.
How do you collaborate personally with physicians?
We enjoy a positive working relationship with our medical staff, and are able to have open dialogue to address any issues or concerns. Our physicians are involved in the typical committees, but at Lea Regional, we have also created a physician leadership group (PLG) that meets regularly to discuss the direction and future of our hospital. I truly enjoy getting physician feedback on our strategic plan and upcoming projects.
What can a physician expect who joins your organization?
Our expectation for physicians is simple – we want quality physicians who really want to be in our hospital and our community. Hobbs is growing rapidly, and there is nearly unlimited potential for physicians to create a vibrant practice. We want to welcome you and support you in achieving that success.
What is the one thing that distinguishes your hospital from others in your area?
We are committed to following best practices for patient care, and will continue down the path of specialty accreditation and certifications. We are Joint Commission accredited, an accredited Chest Pain Center, and accredited Stroke Center, and were recently recognized in an issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, a national publication, for our efforts in reducing patient harm. At Lea Regional, we are proud of the care we provide, and we hope that you’ll decide to join us in our quest to be the provider of choice in Lea County.