Since 1980, National Jewish Health has presented the prestigious Spirit of Achievement Award to citizens in and around Albuquerque who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources in all areas of life – personal, business and civic.

Please join us as we recognize the 2016 awardees, Dr. Paul B. Roth and James H. Hinton, for their accomplishments and tireless service to the Albuquerque community.


James H. Hinton

President and
Chief Executive Officer
Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Jim Hinton serves as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit health care system in New Mexico, and the state’s largest provider of healthcare. He is the past chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (2014).

Hinton has served in his current role at Presbyterian since July 1995 and has been with the organization since 1983. Presbyterian’s health care system includes eight hospitals; a statewide health plan serving more than 430,000 members in commercial, Medicaid and Medicare plans; and a multi-specialty medical group of more than 700 providers. Presbyterian is the second-largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 11,000 employees and $3 billion in revenue.

During his tenure at Presbyterian, Hinton has led the development of Presbyterian’s integrated system, which includes Presbyterian Health Plan, formed in 1985, and Presbyterian Medical Group, formed in 1991. He has overseen new market development throughout the state and the innovation of care models that have garnered national attention, including Hospital at Home (offering hospital-level care in a patient’s home) and a patient navigation program (navigating non-emergency patients in the emergency room to appropriate levels of care).

In an independent survey of New Mexico consumers, Presbyterian is recognized as the “Most Trusted Organization in New Mexico” and also rates highest for best healthcare organization, organization with the best doctors and the best health plan. Recently, Presbyterian received a 2015 Most Wired Award for Excellence in Information Technology from Hospitals & Health networks, in recognition of its integrated electronic health and financial record and telemedicine efforts.

Hinton serves as a member of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors and as chair of the Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors. He formerly chaired the AHA’s Committee on Research and the Operations Committee. He also served on the board of Premier healthcare alliance and chaired the board of the Healthcare Institute.

He has been recognized as a Hospital and Health System Leader to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2015 and 2013. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014 and 2013.

In addition to being known locally and nationally for his visionary healthcare leadership, Hinton has been recognized for his commitment to community service. He has been active on state and local boards of directors for community and economic development organizations in New Mexico. He has been asked by current and former governors to serve on several statewide health care task forces.

Currently, he is co-chair of an effort called “Mission: Graduate,” with the goals of increasing the number of people earning college degrees in central New Mexico by 60,000 by the year 2020, and creating a workforce able to stimulate the state’s economic development.

Hinton received a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Arizona State University in 1983 and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of New Mexico.


Paul B. Roth, MD, MS

Chancellor for Health Sciences
CEO, UNM Health System
Dean, UNM School of Medicine

Dr. Paul B. Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, CEO of the UNM Health System and dean of the UNM School of Medicine, heads one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. He is recognized nationally as a leader in emergency medicine and an innovator in medical academic education.

A lifelong innovator and entrepreneur, Dr. Roth was among the first to coin the term “Urgent Care” and the first in New Mexico to establish a private clinic with that service.

Dr. Roth founded the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine and created the nation’s first civilian Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Based on his credentials in emergency medicine, he was asked to head up the medical emergency response following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in New York City.

As the nation’s longest-serving medical school dean, Dr. Roth is widely respected for his leadership. He helped create UNM’s residency in emergency medicine, which is one of the most highly sought-after programs in the country. 

He has chaired the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans and is a board member of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He is also a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits all U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

Dr. Roth served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Advisory Council, and was a member of the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State “Secure Borders/Open Doors” advisory committee and Administration Transition Task Force for Homeland Security.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center, Dr. Roth held a variety of leadership positions at UNM, including chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, director of Ambulatory Care Programs and chief medical officer.

Dr. Roth serves as a member of the UNM Hospital Board of Trustees and the STC.UNM board. He chairs the board of the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center and serves on the board of the Office of the Medical Investigator.

He started a six-year term with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2011 and served as board chair from 2012 to 2013. While serving on the board’s executive committee, he has been involved in public policy issues, including education reform, legislative initiatives, health care, urban revitalization and economic development.

Dr. Roth is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. He graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1976 and completed his family practice residency in 1979 at the UNM School of Medicine. He completed a BS in 1969 and an MS (biology) in 1972, both at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received The George Washington University Award for Distinguished Alumni Achievement in 2007. 

Dr. Roth and his wife, Erin, have two daughters, Rachel and Jordan, and a son, Benjamin.

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