NEWS RELEASE

July 23, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) CEO Steve McKernan has announced UNMH Administrator Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN, CCRD, CNS, will take the position of Chief Nursing Officer. Ferguson replaces Judy Spinella who recently retired.

Ferguson has been serving as an interim administrator at UNMH since November 2007. Her duties have included overseeing the professional and support services and establishing a high level of service by partnering with other divisions at the hospital, particularly nursing, to ensure the best in clinical care.

Ferguson has been with UNMH since 1979 when she first worked as a newborn intensive care respiratory therapist. From there, she held several positions including executive director for clinical education and research, and director of clinical education for the Community Training Center and Human Simulation Lab, also known as BATCAVE.

Ferguson received her master’s from the UNM College of Nursing and was recently named as one of the College’s outstanding graduate alumni. She has also been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society’s Chapter Award for Clinical Practice, the Fleck Award for Mentorship and the Marjorie Jaretta Faust Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership.