Diversity Leadership: Steve McKernan, University of New Mexico Hospitals
University of New Mexico Hospitals
“UNM Hospitals is proud to have an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and we completely support sustained efforts at ensuring equity in the delivery of healthcare,” Steve McKernan writes on the hospital’s website. “Disparities are multi-factorial, and we must be prepared to address them in the overall system, in our processes, and in the care given by our healthcare professionals. The Office of DEI will ensure that we reduce any identified disparities, and improve the care we provide for an increasingly diverse patient population.”
McKernan joined UNM Hospitals in 1980 and has held numerous leadership roles in finance and accounting. He has been CEO since 1996. He previously worked for the accounting firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells and is a Certified Public Accountant.
McKernan is a member of the board of the New Mexico Hospital Association and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. He is also actively involved in the Rotary Club.
He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Rebecca, a pediatric nurse practitioner at UNM, have four children.