Echavarria is responsible for the hospital’s daily operations and overseeing non-nursing clinical departments as well as strengthening community ties, and enhancing staff and physician relations. He joined St. Joseph last year as Associate Administrator and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
“I am excited about my new role at St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights and am looking forward to the opportunity to streamline and expand services for the residents of this growing community,” said Echavarria. “We are a great community hospital offering a variety of services 24 hours a day, where our patients are able to receive quality health care from highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff. I encourage the community to attend our Fall Safety Event set for November 3 for a fun day out and to learn all about the great things we are doing in the Heights.”
As Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Velasco provides direction, leadership and general management for all aspects of patient care.
“We take great pride in providing round-the-clock emergency care for patients of all ages,” said Velasco. “We are ready and honored to serve the community when they need us the most, and also for surgeries and outpatient procedures, cardiac rehabilitation, laboratory and imaging services.”
Velasco joined St. Joseph last year as Director of Nursing and has been a RN for more than 20 years. She began her nursing career at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Hospital in Houston. Valasco has spent the majority of her nursing career providing emergency care and has served as an Emergency Department Director. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at The University of Texas at Arlington where she received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration.