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
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.
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.
Chief Nursing Executive
Dr. Caryn Iverson is the chief nursing executive at Las Palmas Medical Center.
She currently serves and has served on nursing advisory boards in the community including EMS Regional Advisory Council (RAC), UTEP Nursing Advisory Board, El Paso Community Advisory Nursing Board, Texas Tech Advisory Board and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Dr. Iverson belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is the current Member at Large for District 2 for Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) and was the first nurse executive appointed to sit on the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees. She also chairs the Texas Hospital Association Foundation.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently appointed Dr. Iverson as a member of the Uniform Pre-Nursing Curriculum Advisory Committee. The charge of this committee is to make recommendations of the prerequisite courses that students must complete prior to admission to each undergraduate professional nursing program.
Dr. Iverson completed her doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix, with her dissertation focus on "The Influence of Orientation Styles on Nurse Retention in the First Year of Employment."
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer
Jerry Gonzalez currently serves as assistant 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 interim 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.
Chief Operating Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Gary Purushotham currently serves as chief operating officer (COO) of Del Sol Medical Center. In this role, he oversees the daily operations of the hospital including all ancillary and support services departments at the hospital.
Purushotham received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Bangalore University in India, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in health services administration from Trinity University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the local ACHE chapter, Southwest Healthcare Executives Association. Purushotham is also a member of the Leadership El Paso Class 37 – 2015.
He volunteers his time with Shared Beat, a nonprofit organization created to support the health needs of the children and families of Safe Passage—an educational reinforcement program serving families living around the Guatemala City Dump. He has also been involved in food drives through the El Paso Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
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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