Las Palmas Medical Center recently welcomed Ruben Castro as its new chief operating officer (COO). Castro, an El Paso native, succeeds Don Karl who was appointed chief executive officer earlier this year.

Most recently, Castro served as COO for St. David’s Georgetown Hospital in Georgetown, Texas, for more than three years. In Georgetown, he oversaw the day-to-day operations and managed several hospital projects, including a new intensive care unit and MRI suite.

Prior to his role in Georgetown, Castro spent more than a decade at North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills in various roles, including associate administrator and ethics and compliance officer, director of information and technology services, and as a nurse in the rehabilitation unit.

Castro began his medical career as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years and then as an anesthesia technician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in information technology, as well as his Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He is also a licensed vocational nurse.

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