Our Leadership

Thomas Whelan
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Whelan, joined Cibola General Feb 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer.

Whelan, holds a bachelor’s of arts from Lewis University in Illinois, and a Masters in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University in Missouri. He joined St. Francis Hospital in Illinois in 1985 as the Division Director of Support Services, and soon after had the opportunity to become Vice President of Clinical Services at St. Mary’s Hospital also in Illinois. He directed daily operations of clinical services to include diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitation, home health and senior services.

Prior to his role with Cibola General Hospital, Whelan served as the CEO of Lodi Community Hospital for the last 17 years and President of Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and Director of the Orthopedic Service Line at Akron General Medical Center while serving as CEO in Lodi Ohio. He is a seasoned Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of senior level experience, and has shown his success through traits of team-building, setting service excellence expectations and accountability. He successfully used collective experience to serve as team leader responsible for five successful outpatient therapy clinics throughout the greater Akron area and a chemical dependency program featuring a grant funded medically-assisted treatment clinic, a highlight of his many accomplishments while at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation.

Whelan and his wife are excited to move close to family in the Southwest and really become a part of our community. Please help us in welcoming them not only our hospital but to our home town.

Jim Hermes
Chief Financial Officer

Jim Hermes is joining Cibola General Hospital (CGH) as our new Chief Financial Officer. Jim has an immense background of finance for over 30 years and is excited to join the Grants community.

Prior to his role with Cibola General Hospital, he served as the Executive Director for Strategic Healthcare Solutions in Houston, TX.  He has been involved with the purchasing and selling of hospitals, medical joint ventures, and running the Finance Departments of small hospitals.

As a senior financial executive with hospital financial and operations experience, some of his achievements include business plans improvements for rural hospitals to increase revenue while creating workflow efficiencies, planned consumer pricing initiatives to make care affordable for the uninsured and high deductible insured, enhanced net revenue with clinical documentation improvements, and many more.

Join CGH in welcoming Mr. Hermes and his wife Anne to our community. His experience and leadership, combined with guidance from the Board of Trustees, will move CGH into a successful future.

Maria Atencio, RN and Glenna Losito, RN
Co-Chief Nursing Officers

Maria Atencio and Glenna Losito became Co-Chief Clinical Officers of Cibola General in 2013. Maria and Glenna are both long-time members of the community each possesses over 30 years of nursing experience. Both are registered nurses with Bachelor’s degrees. Glenna became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner a few years ago after studying at the St. Francis school in Albuquerque. Maria says, “When Glenna and I went to college we came back here for the summer and worked as Nurse’s Aides at CGH. We then went back to college, finished our degrees at different places, and worked at different places, but ultimately both came back here. This is our home, so it’s important to us. It’s our community. Our families are here. We’re taking care of our families.”

Marcie Chavez
Director of Human Resources

Marcie Chavez is the Director of Human Resources at Cibola General Hospital. She has spent the previous 6 years as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the hospital. Marcie has experience in employee relations, marketing, and public relations for hospitals, financial institutions, and energy corporations. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from New Mexico State University. Marcie is a wife and mother of two young girls. In her spare time she teaches group fitness classes, and participates in her local Rotary and PEO chapters.

Sunil Patel
Practice Administrator at Cibola Family Health Center

Sunil Patel serves as the Practice Administrator at Cibola Family Health Center and brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in medical office administration. Sunil is a long time resident of Grants since 1979, who graduated from Grants High School. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Administration in Accounting. Upon his return to Grants he was the Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Cibola General Hospital from 1989 through 1991. , from there he went on to running Grants Medical Center for 24 years. During his time at Cibola Family Health Center, he has served on several committees and is instrumental in transforming and growing the services our clinic provides to the community.
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