DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Parkland Hospital officials have named Edmundo Castañeda as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective early January 2022.
Castañeda replaces David Lopez, who retired in May 2021.READ MORE: In Shadow Of Texas Gas Drilling Sites, Health Fears Escalate
“Parkland is noted for being one of the best public health systems in the country,” said Castañeda, who is fluent in Spanish. “I’m looking forward to joining the leadership team and serving the residents of Dallas County. It’s a time of great opportunity as well as challenges for the health system as it fulfills its mission of providing quality healthcare to all of the community, regardless of socio-economic status.”READ MORE: Public Health Experts Say Dallas Cowboys COVID Outbreak Shows Pandemic Far From Over
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, Castañeda recently served as the president of Mercy General Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California. He previously served in other healthcare leadership positions in New Mexico and El Paso.MORE NEWS: AAA Texas Offers Tips For Safely Transporting That Perfect Christmas Tree
Parkland is currently facing surging COVID fatality rates among the unvaccinated and is ramping up a program to combat diabetes in Dallas county.