Las Palmas Medical Center named Jerry Gonzalez as its new chief nursing officer (CNO) after six months in that interim role.

Gonzalez has 16 years of healthcare experience, including four years as associate CNO and chief staffing officer at Las Palmas Medical Center. He was honored as the hospital’s Nurse of the Year in 2016.

“Jerry has worked hard to improve nursing care and patient outcomes at our hospital for many years,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “His extensive clinical experience and proven leadership, along with his understanding of the nursing landscape within Las Palmas Medical Center and the El Paso community, make him a strong and capable asset to our team.”

An El Paso native, Gonzalez began his career at Del Sol Medical Center, where he served as a nurse in several departments before moving to Las Palmas Medical Center in 2005. He’s a board member of the El Paso Independent School District’s Education Foundation and has served on the board of El Paso’s Child Crisis Center. Gonzalez is also a member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, the Southwest Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Gonzalez earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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