EDINBURG, January 10 - Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has named Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas as its interim chief executive officer.
Cardenas, who currently serves as DHR’s chairman, is credited with playing a key behind-the-scenes role in getting the State of Texas to restore funding to physicians who see ‘dual eligible’ Medicare-Medicaid patients. He is vice chair of the Texas Medical Association’s board of trustees.
In a news release, DHR says that as interim CEO, Cardenas will provide “overall strategic direction and leadership” throughout the hospital’s many healthcare facilities.
“I am proud to continue to serve Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and humbled by the opportunity to lead the team as we continue to transform healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley,” Cardenas said. “I could not ask for a better team of physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers, and we have resolved to provide the highest levels of patient-centered care and innovative treatment for the residents of the RGV and beyond.”
The news release provides biographical details on Cardenas:
“Dr. Cardenas has over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine and healthcare management. Raised in McAllen, Texas, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and began his career as a resident at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, in 1985. Dr. Cardenas eventually made his way back to the Rio Grande Valley and co-founded South Texas Gastroenterology Associates in 1992, where he is actively practicing.
“Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas was one of the original physicians who formed Day Surgery at Renaissance, LLC. Under his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Day Surgery at Renaissance grew from an outpatient facility into a 530-bed general acute care hospital with 17 facilities, now named Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. In its current state, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance provides an excess of $1,000,000,000 in economic benefit and employs over 3,400. As interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Cardenas will build on the strengths of the existing leadership and those who have helped establish Doctors Hospital at Renaissance as the local healthcare provider of choice.”
Dr. Robert Martinez, DHR’s chief of staff, was full of praise for Cardenas.
“Health care is a complex and rapidly changing industry and Dr. Cardenas has demonstrated his ability to successfully navigate every new situation and opportunity throughout his career,” Martinez said. “We chose Dr. Cardenas because we believe his knowledge and leadership skills will guide DHR through the challenges ahead, preserving our independence and maintaining our focus on patient satisfaction and quality care.”
The DHR news release says Cardenas has “ensured the hospital’s medical and fiscal excellence by directing the company’s affairs while adhering to the organization’s mission to always put the healthcare needs of patients first.” It says he has provided leadership while addressing key challenges and establishing policies of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and corporate ethics.
“High quality healthcare doesn’t just happen; it is the culmination of patient centric synergy that flows throughout the culture of excellence at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance,” Cardenas said.
“Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has the best of both worlds – local healthcare with a personal touch while maintaining access to the highest and most specialized services. The successes achieved by DHR since its inception is a reflection of the patient-centered care that is provided by our team and an affirmation of our ability to work from the bedside to the boardroom, bringing world-class healthcare to South Texas,” he added.