Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare

C. David Huffstutler

Chief Executive Officer

In February 2011, C. David Huffstutler was named CEO of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, the leading healthcare provider for El Paso and the surrounding region. Mr. Huffstutler also serves as president of Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Central and West Texas Division and as president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, a seven-hospital healthcare system in Central Texas.

Prior to this, Mr. Huffstutler served as CEO of St. David’s Medical Center, which comprises four of the seven member hospitals of St. David's HealthCare, including St. David's Hospital, St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, St. David's Georgetown Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin. Before joining St. David's HealthCare in 2007, Mr. Huffstutler served for three years as CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, and prior to that, for seven years in various hospital operations leadership roles in the Houston market for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Before joining HCA, he spent nearly fifteen years in management positions for The Methodist Health Care System in Houston.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Huffstutler holds an undergraduate degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Professionally, Mr. Huffstutler is immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), the state’s hospital industry group, and also serves on the executive committee. Prior to serving on the THA board, he served as a director of the association’s political action committee, HOSPAC. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Las Palmas Medical Center

Don Karl

Chief Executive Officer

Don Karl was named chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center in February of 2016.

For nearly two decades, Karl served as chief operating officer (COO) of Las Palmas Medical Center, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and managed many of the hospital’s expansions—including the emergency department and the intensive care unit.

He also spearheaded the opening of the interventional neurosurgery suite, which is dedicated to advanced procedures and he was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of new hospital programs, including bariatric surgery and da Vinci robotic surgery. Karl has also helped recruit new physicians to the hospital to advance the hospital’s care capabilities in various fields. Prior to his role at Las Palmas Medical Center, he previously served as CEO of Healthcare Diagnostic Center in El Paso.

Karl began his career in healthcare more than 30 years ago after earning a bachelor of business administration degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He went on to earn his master of business administration from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

Ruben Castro

Chief Operating Officer

Ruben Castro serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Las Palmas Medical Center. Castro has more than 23 years of healthcare experience that includes administration, nursing, clinical laboratory and information technology. He previously served as the COO at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Castro has also served as the associate administrator and ethics and compliance officer at North Hills Hospital, an HCA affiliate in North Richland Hills, Texas. Prior to this, he served in several other capacities at North Hills Hospital. Early in his career, Castro worked as a licensed practical nurse and anesthesia technician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford, Texas.

Castro earned his bachelor of information technology degree as well as his MBA from University of Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years.

Jerry Gonzalez

Chief Nursing Officer

Jerry Gonzalez currently serves as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Las Palmas Medical Center. In this role, Gonzalez provides leadership to the nursing team and oversees compliance with regulatory agencies and customer experience. Before serving as CNO, Gonzalez served as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer with oversight of numerous operations across various nursing departments. During this time, he led multiple clinical performance improvement initiatives.

Gonzalez previously worked at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, an acute-care center with 760 licensed beds, where he participated in the CNO Development Program. He served as the Associate Chief Nursing officer and Chief Staffing Officer and was responsible for Wesley’s “Culture of Always” an effort to drive patient satisfaction and employees’ engagement among nurses.

Prior to his promotion into the HCA Executive Development Program, Gonzales was Assistant CNO at Las Palmas Medical Center. In that role, he oversaw nursing operations and was responsible for the successful implementation of the first HCA Meaningful Use Audit. Gonzalez began his career with Las Palmas Medical Center in 2002, serving as Director of Neuroscience, Orthopedic Surgery and the Post-Anesthesia Care unit. In 2006, he developed the neuroscience service line, followed by the deployment of strategic plans to open a 10-bed Neuroscience Center with teleneurology in 2009.

He obtained his bachelor of nursing degree from The University of Texas at El Paso, and is completing his master of healthcare leadership from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Gonzalez has served on the board of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

Del Sol Medical Center

David Shimp, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

R. David Shimp, FACHE, was named chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center in February 2017. Before joining Del Sol Medical Center, Shimp was the chief operating officer of St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. At St. David’s Medical Center, Shimp played a key role in numerous strategic, clinical and operational initiatives, including more than $100 million in capital projects, that contributed to the hospital’s overall growth.

Preceding his time with St. David’s Medical Center, Shimp served in various roles at University of Oklahoma (OU) Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., ultimately serving as the chief operating officer. In this role, he was responsible for leading a variety of programs and service lines at the 798-bed acute care academic medical center, including the Solid Organ Transplant Program, cardiovascular and oncology service lines, the Sleep Disorders Center, respiratory therapy and rehabilitation.

Prior to his work with OU Medical Center, Shimp served in a variety of roles, including associate administrator at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., a 422-bed acute care medical center. St. David’s HealthCare, OU Medical Center and Rose Medical Center are all part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Las Palmas Del Sol’s parent organization.

Additionally, Shimp served as a systems analyst and administrative intern at Bon Secours Richmond Health System, a research intern at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and a Michael E. DeBakey surgical intern at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He earned his Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in leadership studies with a minor in biology from the University of Richmond.

Shimp is a fellow of the American College of HealthCare Executives. He was also a member of the LifeShare Organ Procurement Organization Board of Directors and has served on the Executive Leadership Council of the American Heart Association. Shimp has also served as a volunteer for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Medical Business District Board, United Way and Habitat for Humanity, among other organizations.

Brian Allen

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Allen was named chief operating officer (COO) in August of 2019. Most recently, Allen served as the COO for HCA Healthcare's Parham Doctors' Hospital in Richmond. Previously, Allen served in various administration roles, including associate administrator at HCA Healthcare's Henrico Doctors' Hospital Forest in Richmond, Virginia, and as a medical service corps officer in the United States Air Force.

Allen earned a bachelor's degree in management from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He earned an MBA and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University in Waco.

Annie Garcia

Chief Nursing Officer

Annie Garcia, RN, was named chief nursing officer (CNO) of Del Sol Medical Center in June 2017. Before returning to Del Sol Medical Center, Garcia served as CNO of Methodist Texsan Hospital in San Antonio for the past three years.

In Garcia’s role at Methodist Texsan Hospital, she oversaw the nursing operations of the hospital and was instrumental in the hospital’s efforts to improve nursing engagement, patient experience and quality outcomes, which resulted in a number of recognitions. During her time there, nurse turnover and vacancy rates decreased, while physician satisfaction with nursing care significantly increased.

Garcia began her career in El Paso at Del Sol Medical Center, serving for more than 10 years in several nursing roles with increasing levels of responsibility at the hospital, including administrative director of critical care services, director of telemetry, nursing supervisor and critical care nurse. Garcia has in-depth knowledge of the hospital and is well-known to the nursing team at Del Sol Medical Center.

Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from New Mexico State University. She went on to earn a Master of Nursing Systems Management from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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