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Roth, Hinton honored with Spirit awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dr. Paul B. Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Jim Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, were named this week as winners of the 2016 New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Awards.c02_jd_02jun_roth

The awards were announced Thursday at a dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque to benefit National Jewish Health in Denver.  Hinton told an audience of several hundred that he felt honored to share the award with Roth.

“Betweeen our two organizations, we care for one half of New Mexico — a privilege we are honored to have,” Hinton said of the UNM and Presbyterian health care systems.a01_jd_06mar_art_hinton

Hinton began working for Presbyterian Healthcare in 1983 and has served in the top post since 1995. The New Mexico native chaired the American Hospital Association’s committee on research and operations, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care in 2013 and 2014 by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Roth, who joined UNM as a medical resident in 1976, founded UNM’s Center for Disaster Medicine, created the nation’s first civilian Disaster Medical Assistance Team, and starting one of the first of the nation’s first urgent care programs.

He has served as dean of the UNM School of Medicine since 1994 and is the nation’s longest-serving medical school dean