HealthInsight New Mexico Welcomes Three New Board MembersHealthInsight New Mexico welcomes William A. Boehm, MD, FACEP, Dede Feldman, MA, and Linda Sechovec as the three newest members of its board of directors. They join the 12-member board of directors that includes statewide representation from a variety of health care settings and disciplines as well as non-health care backgrounds.
“We’re excited to welcome these individuals to the Board,” said Boyd Kleefisch, HealthInsight New Mexico executive director. “The background and experience they bring to our Board helps us expand its depth and breadth as we move forward in these exciting times of change in health care. They are all tremendous additions to our local leadership,” he said.
Dr. Boehm has a long-standing record of active support and participation with the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS). He served as president from 1985 to 1986 and has since remained on the council representing Otero County. Additionally, he was an American Medical Association delegate and served on many NMMS committees. He has also served on the New Mexico Medical Board, Monitored Treatment Program, the advisory boards of American Physicians Assurance Corporation and The Doctors Company, and is a lifetime member of the American Legion, having served three terms as post service officer.
After a private practice as a general surgeon, he went into emergency medicine where he was known as the "backbone" of the TransMountain Emergency Services from the early 1990s to 2002. Dr. Boehm is also credited with establishing the American Medical Response, a national ambulance service in Alamogordo, where he served from 1993 to 2008.
Former New Mexico State Senator Dede Feldman is well versed in health care policy, constituent services, and public relations and strategic communications planning. She represented District 13 in Albuquerque's North Valley for many years and was chair of the Senate Public Affairs and the Legislative Health and Human Services committees.
Now retired, Ms. Feldman sponsored and passed numerous health care-related bills as a state senator including: Health Insurance Transparency and Premium Review (2011), Brain Injury Services Fund (1997), Coverage for Cancer Clinical Trials (2000, 2005, 2011), Prevent Insurance Companies from Rescinding Coverage (2009), and a mastectomy bill mandating coverage for at least a 48-hour hospital stay (1997). Ms. Feldman earned her BA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, both in political science.
Linda Sechovec is executive director of the New Mexico Health Care Association, a statewide organization of nursing facilities, facilities for developmentally disabled and assisted living providers. She has spent her career working on behalf of long-term care providers in New Mexico and Iowa.
Ms. Sechovic is a past president of the Affiliated State Health Care Association Executives (ASHCAE), a position that named her to the American Health Care Association Board. She has served in various board and officer capacities with the ASHCAE and on numerous committees for the American Health Care Association. She is a member of the New Mexico Medicaid Advisory Committee and is active in numerous New Mexico health policy, government and senior/disabled services advisory groups. She holds a BS degree from Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and has spent more than 30 years working with long-term care providers.