Hospital adds administrative post

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By David Giuliani

The state hospital says it has created a new management position to make the facility more efficient.

Morris Madrid, the hospital’s finance director for the last couple of years, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of operational efficiencies.

“In light of the current budget and economic conditions, he has graciously agreed to accept this role without additional compensation,” hospital administrator Troy Jones said in a memo to employees last week.

With around 1,000 workers, the hospital — known formally as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute — is Las Vegas’ biggest employer.

Assuming the position of finance director is Charles Jaramillo, a former chief finance officer for the state Commission for the Blind.

The hospital’s finance director’s position was never advertised — either publicly or internally, officials said.

Jaramillo was hired through a recruitment waiver approved by the State Personnel Office because the hospital needed a qualified person in that position as soon as possible, state Health Department spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer said. He has worked for the state hospital before, she said.

Deputy Health Secretary Duffy Rodriguez made the decision to hire Jaramillo, Busemeyer said.

Jones’ memo stated that the hospital leads the way in “diligently exploring opportunities to reduce costs.” He said the facility has an established process for reducing utility and energy costs as well as closely scrutinizing use of personnel.

“Cost containment efforts will remain a priority from this point forward,” Jones stated in the memo.

Jones praised Madrid, who is also a Las Vegas city councilman, for his “tireless” campaign for the successful passage of the bond issue that will bring money for the construction of a new nursing home at the hospital.

Jones said that in Madrid’s new role, he will be analyzing all facility processes, expenditures and capital acquisitions.