UNM Hospitals CEO Steve McKernan to retire

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) Hospitals CEO Steve McKernan will retire effective October 1, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Mr. McKernan joined UNM Hospitals in 1980 as an accountant, climbing the ranks over the course of his 37-year career until he became CEO in 1996. Michael Chicarelli will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

"I must say that working with the staff of UNM Hospitals and the faculty and leadership of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center has been the job of a lifetime," McKernan said in the written statement. "I am very fortunate to have found a professional home and a family at the Health Sciences Center. I look forward to watching the hospital, the Health System and the Health Sciences Center, continue to grow."

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