Pam Demarest has been selected as chief nursing officer for UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC). Demarest comes with nearly 40 years of nursing experience in community hospital settings, and most recently as executive director of Critical Care and Progressive Care at UNM Hospitals.
UNM SRMC, the first community based academic healthcare facility in New Mexico, operates on a unique open medical staff model, served by both hospital-based UNM faculty physicians and community based independent physicians. Demarest will be overseeing medical/surgical units, intensive care, senior behavioral health, emergency services, surgical services, pharmacy, rehabilitation services, radiology and lab services. Demarest will also be involved in clinical care, education and research efforts at improving health in Sandoval County and New Mexico.
UNM SRMC’s vision is to be the healthcare and medical education provider of choice for Sandoval County. The mission of UNM SRMC is to improve the overall health of the community it serves by providing the highest quality healthcare services that meet the needs of Sandoval County’s diverse population, as well as providing healthcare and medical educational opportunities through partnerships with UNM’s School of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy, as well as Central New Mexico Community College. Demarest has been serving as interim chief nursing officer since January and working closely with executive, management and physician leadership to advance SRMC’s short- and long-term goals and objectives.