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:
Chief Executive Officer
Matt Wolthoff has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Ethics and
Compliance Officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, a Hospital Corporation
of America (HCA) facility in McAllen, since March of 2013. Prior to that,
he was with HCA in San Antonio as the Vice President of Operations for
Methodist Hospital Medical Center. Since 2002, Matt has served in various
healthcare management positions from being a Medical Service Corps Officer
in the United States Air Force to Vice President of Operations at Valley
Baptist Health System.
Matt is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2014,
Matt was named the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for the South
Texas Chapter of ACHE. He earned a Master of Business Administration with
a Healthcare Concentration from the University of Texas – San Antonio
and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Air Force
Academy. He is very engaged in the community serving on boards for the
Rio Grande Valley Partnership, McAllen Economic Development Corporation,
McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and United Way. Matt is married to Lucy Ann
from Harlingen, Texas and they have three children: Hunter Ann, McCoy,
and Kerr. Matt and his family enjoy the outdoors and spend their leisure
time fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre or hunting in south Texas.
MWolthoff@primehealthcare.com | 956-365-1012 (O) | 956-221-2038 (M)
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Bergstrom received a Bachelor of Business Administration-Finance
from The University of Texas Pan-American in August 2000, and a Master
of Science in Healthcare Administration with a Minor in Human Resource
Management from Houston Baptist University in February 2005. He has been
employed as a Financial Analyst/Staff Accountant, Senior Financial Analyst-Decisions
Support, Director of Financial Operations-Ambulatory/Ancillary, and Assistant
Chief Financial Officer by VBHS/Tenet Health Systems. Michael has served
his community through Leadership Harlingen, Knapp Medical Center Volunteer,
Weslaco Chamber of Commerce Volunteer, American Heart Association member
and American Cancer Society Member.
Chief Nursing Offcer
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.
J. Joel Garza, MD
Chief Medical Officer
J. Joel Garza, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, is the Chief Medical
Officer for Harlingen Medical Center. Dr. Garza has extensive knowledge
in the areas of quality of care, patient experience, clinical integration,
and process improvement across the continuum of care.
Dr. Garza has been in private practice since 2004, joining first The Heart
Clinic located in Hidalgo County (McAllen, TX) and eventually joining
The South Heart Clinic located in Cameron County (Harlingen, TX), where
he now serves his patients. The South Heart Clinic is one of the most
highly regarded heart clinics in South Texas – for its patient clinical outcomes.
Dr. Garza completed an Internal Medicine residency, Cardiology fellowship
and Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Baylor Scott & White Health,
in Temple, TX. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine Degree from the University
of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a Bachelor’s Degree from
Texas A&M University in College Station. His teaching appointments
include: Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health
Science Center – Regional Academic Health Center – Harlingen;
and, Faculty-Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Medicine at The
University of Texas Health Science Center – Regional Academic Health
Center – Harlingen and The University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio.
Dr. Garza is a member, and fellow, respectively of the American College
of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He is Board Certified in
Internal Medicine, with a specialty in Interventional Cardiology, and
has more than a decade of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment
of cardiovascular disease, a leading service line for Harlingen Medical Center.
Amy Flores, Chief Nursing Officer
J. Joel Garza, M.D., 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