El Paso, TX –– Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has named Joe Hernandez as its new chief financial officer. Hernandez assumed his new role on April 17.

“We are proud to welcome Joe to our leadership team,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “His extensive knowledge of various healthcare systems and financial operations makes him uniquely qualified for this position, and I look forward to the many positive contributions he will bring to our hospitals.”

Prior to this, Hernandez served as chief financial officer and chief staffing officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, an HCA Healthcare-affiliated hospital in McAllen, for the past three years. During his time at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Hernandez managed teams in accounting, revenue cycle, supply chain, case management, patient access services, health information management and data analytics. He also led the acquisition of the first vascular robot in South Texas, assisted with the strategic growth of the robotic program and, most recently, implemented a GME program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, he served in financial operations with Ardent Health Services, Cigna-HealthSpring, South Texas Health Systems and Valley Baptist Health Systems.

“Given the depth of his experience, we are confident Joe will play a key role in the continued growth of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare,” Art Garza, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said. “We are pleased to have him on board and look forward to showing him everything the great city of El Paso has to offer.”

Hernandez holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Texas Association of Financial Administrators and Texas Healthcare Association.