Gov. Susana Martinez announced has nominated Dr. Catherine Torres as secretary of the Department of Health.
Torres is a pediatrician at the Rio Grande Medical Group in Las Cruces and has served on the U.S. – Mexico Border Health Commission and the New Mexico – Sonora Commission.
"It is a privilege to be asked to serve as the Governor’s Health Secretary," Torres said in a statement. "I look forward to applying the real-world experience I have gained working with New Mexico children and families to the administration of the Department of Health and the development of public policy in order to keep the people of our state healthy."
The appointment is a good sign for the state's children, who often are on the wrong end of too many bad lists. Having a children's doctor in charge of the DOH likely will mean kid's health will be a priority for the administration.