October 25, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651; Courtney Smith (505) 272-3690

In a recent managers meeting, UNMH CEO Steve McKernan made the official announcement that Rodney McNease, Interim Administrator of Behavioral Health would continue on as a permanent member of the staff.

McNease has been Interim Administrator since April 2005, though he had worked for UNM Hospitals since 1994. Before coming to UNMH, McNease was employed by the Texas Department of Human Services.

McNease holds an MA in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Experience in financial analysis, clinical program development, strategic funding and sustaining viable mental health programs qualify McNease as a strong leader. His administrative management background gives him the ability to address the numerous pressing issues involved in mental health treatment and care today. McNease continues to lead UNMH behavioral health division and its commitment to excellence in patient care.