Linda Walker, Chief Executive Officer
Val Verde Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce new leadership. Linda Walker, MBA, RHIA is VVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer. She joins VVRMC with twenty years of healthcare operations and leadership experience.
Ms. Walker’s extensive leadership experience covers acute care hospital operations, both clinical and non-clinical, as well as specialty and rural health care clinical operations. She held the positions of Physician Services Officer at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, and CEO of Uvalde Medical and Surgical Associates, both in Uvalde, Texas. Her operational and financial knowledge of both inpatient and outpatient sides of healthcare make her uniquely qualified for rural hospital leadership.
“My passion for providing quality patient care for the members of our rural community is unmatched. Our staff members are committed to our goals, and our physicians and other healthcare providers are some of the best you can find. We must be patient centric at all times. I have collaborated and led in all aspects of hospital strategic planning and business line development, and look forward to bringing my knowledge and experiences to VVRMC,” stated Walker. Additionally, as a long-time resident of South Texas, Walker has a deep understanding of the culture of the community and the many positive attributes Del Rio has to offer. She, her husband Lynn, and their four children have experienced many events in the community and especially enjoy fishing and boating at Amistad Lake.
With her past experience and dedication to rural healthcare, Ms. Walker has the background and ability to move VVRMC forward towards it Mission, Vision and Legacy, while strengthening the foundation already in place. “Healthcare is an ever-changing environment,” she said, “and we must have an outward mindset to meet the many challenges coming our way. Being flexible and proactive are must-haves for success in what we do. I am very excited to be part of VVRMC.”
Guy Gros, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Guy Gros, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Val Verde Regional Medical Center welcomes CFO Guy Gros to the Executive Leadership team. Mr. Gros comes to VVRMC from New Orleans, Louisiana. He prefers small towns to cities so he is excited to be embracing our community. Guy hails from Louisiana. He has a son and a daughter (both of them are in college in Texas) and is married. After speaking with V.P. of Human Resources, Carlos Torres and Linda Walker, CEO, he knew he wanted to be part of the VVRMC Family. He has many years of experience in medical facility finances and is highly qualified. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Gros to the VVRMC family.
Jessica Nuutinen, CNO
Val Verde Regional Medical Center welcomes Jessica Nuutinen, MSN, MBA, BSN as their Chief Nursing Officer. Ms. Nuutinen has extensive nursing and management experience. She is knowledgeable in the state and federal guidelines, regulations and standards which need to be followed by healthcare organizations. She has managed and directed patient care delivery, nursing, pharmacy, nutrition services, behavioral health and Emergency Management Services at Health Partners in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as the Mayo Clinic Health System.
Ms. Nuutinen’s objective is to utilize her experience in management to help facilitate growth at VVRMC. Her experience in strategic planning, objective development and implementation, improving quality and process improvement will be useful in her role as CNO. Her interpersonal skills will also provide support for developing collaborative relationships and resolving conflict effectively.
Both VVRMC and the community stand to benefit from her education and experience in her role as the new CNO.
Carlos Torres, Vice President of Human Resources
Vice President of Human Resources
Carlos Torres has worked in the human resources arena for more than 25 years in various capacities, including recruitment, employee relations, diversity, compensation and benefits design, strategic management, and employee development. He began his human resources career at Santa Rosa Health Care as a Nurse Recruiter and, during his 17-year career there, ascended to Vice- president of Human Resources. For the past seven years he worked for Broadway Bank as the Human Resources Director. He was in charge of the strategic direction for Broadway Bank's workforce, including talent acquisition, organizational development, succession planning, wellness, and workplace culture and diversity.
A San Antonio native, Torres graduated from Central Catholic High School. He has a Bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University in Austin. He was very active in the San Antonio community, serving as the 2014/2015 Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Leadership Board, as the co-chairman for the 2014 KLRN Wine Festival and as the 2013/2014 Chairman of the My Heart My Life committee for the American Heart Association. In April of 2015 he was inducted as a member of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation. Among his recognitions, Torres received the 40 Under 40 Award, the Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council, and the Irving A. Ratner M.D. Memorial Award from The Patient Institute in 2015.
Torres is an avid runner who completed six, half marathons in 2013. He continues to lace up for various running events throughout Texas.
Dr. Ira Floyd, MD - Chief of Staff
Ira Floyd, MD
Chief of Staff
1200 Bedell Ave.
Del Rio, TX 78840