President, New Mexico Market
As president of Ardent’s New Mexico market, David Schultz leads operations for Lovelace Health System, which includes five acute care hospitals, 33 clinics and 266 providers. He has more than 25 years of experience leading hospital and physician group operations, system integration, strategy and growth.
Mr. Schultz most recently served as senior vice president of operations and service lines for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington, which encompasses 11 hospitals, nearly 5,000 employed and affiliated providers, and 18,000 team members. During his eight-year tenure with the system, he also served as market president for its Peninsula Region and president of Harrison Medical Center.
Previously, Mr. Schultz was an executive leader for hospitals in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. He began his career with Ardent-affiliated Hillcrest HealthCare System in Tulsa, Oklahoma, prior to serving as vice president of professional services for East Texas Medical Center, the predecessor organization of Ardent-affiliated UT Health Tyler.
A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and earned a master’s of healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.