Paul F. Herzog has been named chief operating officer at University of New Mexico Hospital, overseeing clinical issues including inpatient, outpatient and ancillary areas, UNMH officials announced Monday.

Herzog has more than 20 years of executive level healthcare experience in a variety of settings including rural district, inner-city and community hospitals.  Before joining UNMH, Herzog was chief executive officer at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces for the past nine years.  He also has served as the chief executive officer at Albuquerque Regional Medical Center, now Lovelace Medical Center, in Albuquerque.

Herzog has a proven record of accomplishments, including increasing physician and patient satisfaction, developing clinical service lines and improving financial performance.  Herzog’s expertise in strategic planning, operations and quality improvement helped him achieve the Lifepoint Annual Fleetwood Operational Excellence Award in 2007, and he was recognized as the Lifepoint CEO of the year in 2009. In 2013, under his leadership, Memorial Medical Center achieved the JCAHO Top Performing Hospital designation on key quality measures, which recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability performance measures.

A native of Minnesota, Herzog holds a bachelor of arts from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and a master of science degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  “I am excited about joining the UNM Hospitals team and becoming part of this great organization,” Herzog said.