Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey named Lorie Dunnam the superintendent of Big Spring State Hospital, effective Sunday.
Dunnam currently is the hospitalâ€™s assistant superintendent and oversees administration of the 200-bed facility, Big Springâ€™s largest employer.
Dunnam assisted long-time Superintendent Ed Moughon in managing more than 625 employees and a $29 million a year operating budget.
Moughon retired July 31 after serving as Big Spring State Hospital superintendent for 17 years.
Director of Facilities Marilyn Clark has been serving as interim superintendent.
â€śI believe Commissioner Lakey has made a good decision to appoint Lorie Dunnam to this position,â€ť Moughon said. â€śShe has the experience and vision to keep the hospital on a successful track.â€ť
Dunnam has 14 years of executive-level experience managing employees, human resources and therapeutic services.
â€śLorie has an excellent clinical background in mental health treatment and demonstrated the ability to manage the administrative areas of the hospital in her role as assistant superintendent these past four years,â€ť Moughon said. â€śThe blend of psychiatric, clinical and hospital management are the elements needed for a successful state hospital superintendent.â€ť
She holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in psychology from the University of Houston and a masters in clinical psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.