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NMMRA Names New Staff Members

Eric MartinezThe New Mexico Medical Review Association (NMMRA) welcomes to its staff Eric Martinez as communications specialist and Lorelei Novak as executive assistant/new business development coordinator.

As an integral part of project teams, Eric Martinez provides communications expertise and support for NMMRA's health care quality improvement, review and corporate marketing activities. Prior to joining NMMRA, Martinez served as account executive for communications and marketing firm Cooney, Watson & Associates, Inc; director of communications for the American Heart Association, Mid-Metro Region; public relations manager of the Museum of New Mexico; and as marketing and public relations associate for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico.

Lorelei Novak“Eric is a tremendous addition to NMMRA,” said Boyd Kleefisch, FACHE, NMMRA chief operating officer. “As a seasoned professional with broad experience in traditional as well as emerging communication vehicles, he will be instrumental in enhancing our corporate positioning and brand integrity.”

Lorelei Novak provides executive support to the CEO; serves as a primary point of direct contact and liaison for internal and external audiences, monitors time-sensitive issues on behalf of the CEO, and coordinates and facilitates team efforts in the project management of all new business proposals. Novak most recently served as manager of technical programs and outreach for the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board, a Department of Energy site-specific advisory board federally chartered to provide recommendations on legacy waste management at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as chief scheduler for a former New Mexico Lieutenant Governor. Prior positions include executive assistant to the director of investor relations at Massey Energy Company's corporate headquarters, program manager at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Maymont Historic Estate Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking and a minor in art history with a University Honors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“The executive assistant also plays a crucial role with respect to supporting the Board of Directors,” noted Dan Jaco, NMMRA CEO. “Lorelei brings the right blend of skills and experience to meet the needs of both the organization and the Board.”

NMMRA is the state’s premier and independent health care consulting organization dedicated to the facilitation of positive changes in the delivery of health care. As a not-for-profit health care organization that has served New Mexico since 1984 and is now affiliated with HealthInsight, a management corporation based in Salt Lake City, Utah, NMMRA offers a wide array of services to its clients. NMMRA is the federally qualified Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New Mexico, the state-contracted Medicaid External Quality Review Organization (EQRO), and holds state contracts to reduce health care-associated infections and assist critical access and rural hospitals. In addition, NMMRA is a founding partner of the New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC) and leads such initiatives as the New Mexico Prescription Improvement Coalition (a group effort aimed at improving drug safety) and Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) in Albuquerque (one of 16 targeted communities in the country funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve health care quality, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform).