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Harlingen Medical Center’s executive team is committed to affording patients excellent service and high-quality care in every visit. To realize this commitment, HMC partners with highly experienced and highly skilled physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers. With each and every patient, HMC collectively endeavors to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare in a convenient, compassionate and cost effective manner.

Harlingen Medical Center is known for creating unparalleled experiences for its patients from the moment they walk through its doors: a compassionate team of professionals, committed to affording you excellence in the service and care patients need to get and stay well.

The Harlingen Medical Center Executive Team includes:

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Brenda Ivory

Brenda Ivory is the Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. She joined the nationally recognized and award-winning hospital in November 2005.

Ms. Ivory initially joined Harlingen Medical Center as the Director of Nursing. She then served as Vice President of Clinical Services and eventually assumed the dual role of Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Clinical Services. She assumed the role of CEO in November 2012.

Ms. Ivory launched her clinical career as a Registered Nurse. She has since held various leadership positions in healthcare.

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David Glassburn

David Glassburn is the Chief Financial Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. He joined the nationally recognized and award-winning hospital in September 2012.

Mr. Glassburn joined Harlingen Medical Center as the Chief Financial Officer after serving as an Interim CFO and offering consulting services to healthcare clients in acute and psychiatric hospitals in Kingwood, Texas. His consulting services have included operational reviews, business planning, pro-forma development & financial modeling, revenue projects and CFO assessments/mentoring.

Prior to his interim CFO & consulting career, Mr. Glassburn held several CFO positions in small to medium-sized hospitals in Texas and New Mexico. His first CFO position was in 1983 in Eagle Pass, working for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

Mr. Glassburn is an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

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Amy Flores

Amy Flores is the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services at Harlingen Medical Center. She intends to continue building on the "patient-centered" philosophy the focus of everything she does in her role at Harlingen Medical Center.

Ms. Flores, who previously worked in intensive care units and taught nursing students, has been at Harlingen Medical Center for the past 12 years, including the past 10 years as Director of the Medical-Surgical and Orthopedic nursing units. She was instrumental in helping The Orthopedic Center at Harlingen Medical to earn a specialty accreditation in knee and hip replacement surgery from the national accrediting agency for healthcare facilities, the Joint Commission.

The Gold Seal of Approval for joint replacement recognizes Harlingen Medical Center for its dedication and expertise in offering life-restoring surgeries, which in many cases can help patients walk again without pain.

As Chief Nursing Officer, Ms. Flores oversees more than 200 nurses at the hospital Ms. Flores received a Master of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, from the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

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Dr. Elizabeth Juarez

Dr. Elizabeth Juarez is the Chief Medical Officer, and lead Hospitalist, at Harlingen Medical Center. She joined the award winning and nationally recognized hospital in 2007. Every day she engages with patients she strives to ensure quality outcomes – while affording them compassionate care, and, education regarding their treatment.

Dr. Juarez completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. She has an undergraduate degree from at St. Edward's University in Austin.

Dr. Juarez is originally from La Feria, Texas, and is proud to be serving the community she grew up in.

Governing Board

Administrative Representatives:

  • Brenda Ivory, Chief Executive Officer

  • David Glassburn, Chief Financial Officer

  • Amy Flores, Chief Nursing Officer

  • Elizabeth Juarez, Chief Medical Officer


  • Hugo Blake M.D., Physician Member- Medical Director

  • Cecil Simmons M.D., Physician Member- Former Chair

  • C. Michael Scott, Community Member

  • Michael J. Rinaldi, Community Member

  • Ruthie Ewers, Community Member