Meet Our Leaders

Laredo Specialty Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders

Mario Rodriguez, Area Director of Operations
Mario is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 20 years of healthcare leadership that he brings to the hospital. His background suits him well in bringing leadership, strategic direction and operations management to our facility.

Mario earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala.

He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and supports the community through serving on the University of Texas Health Science Center Laredo Branch Advisory Board and the City of Laredo Healthcare Coalition.


Linda Compean, Chief Financial Officer
More than a decade of experience in finance have provided Linda the background she needs to lead our financial planning, management, analysis and reporting initiatives.

Prior to coming to Laredo Specialty Hospital, Linda served as the CFO at a community health center in Laredo, Texas. Before that, she provided audit, tax, accounting, and consulting services for various private, public, and governmental entities.

Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and the Texas Society of CPAs. In her spare time, Linda enjoys serving a children’s church volunteer at the Laredo Church of the Crossroads.


Hanna Lee Huang, Chief Operating Officer
Hanna brings enthusiasm and energy to her role as she leads the day-to-day functions of the hospital’s operations.

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and business, Hanna has a strong understanding of how to best meet the needs of our patients, physicians and employees. She has worked seven years in nursing and most recently served as the hospital’s director of marketing and business development.

Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a major in marketing from St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Philippines, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Makati in Makati, Philippines. She currently serves with the Laredo Health Coalition.


Dr. Benson Yu Huang, Medical Director
A pulmonologist, Dr. Huang brings more than 20 years of medical experience to his role. He earned a medical degree from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical College, in Manila, Philippines. While in the Philippines, he completed an internship at a kidney center and served as a resident at a hospital in both diagnostics radiology and in internal medicine. He also served as a rural health physician.

Dr. Huang then continued his medical career at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, completing  fellowships in pulmonary/critical care medicine. He continued with another fellowship in critical care at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. He served as the senior and then chief resident in internal medicine at Cabrini Medical Center in New York before moving to Laredo, where he has worked with a health center, medical group, and in private practice.

Dr. Huang joined Laredo Specialty Hospital in 2006. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.


Gilberto Duarte, Director of Compliance
In his role, Gilberto is responsible for the hospital’s quality management, risk management and infection control, ensuring a safe environment for our patients.

With 5 years of experience, Gilberto earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biology from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.


Elvira Jackson, Director of Pharmacy
With more than 35 years of experience, Elvira directs and manages our pharmacy department, ensuring quality and efficiency in all patient support.

Elvira earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in Houston. She has helped raise scholarships for college students through the Pan American Round Table of Laredo. She also continues with her love of education by serving as a preceptor for Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. She serves as a lector at St. Patrick’s church as well.


Claudia Torres, Director of Nursing
A registered nurse, Claudia possesses more than 11 years of experience in hospital, home health, long-term care and acute care environments. Prior to this position, she served as the nursing director of the medical/surgical/telemetry unit at Laredo Medical Center. She also has previous experience in critical care, emergency care, quality assurance, and infection control.

Claudia is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, and a master’s degree from the primary care nurse practitioner program at the University of Texas-Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She is a member of the Texas Nurses’ Association and the Honor Society of Nursing – Sigma Theta Tau.


Sylvia L. Babiak, Director of Case Management
Sylvia has over twenty three years of Social work experience.  She has fifteen years of acute care hospital case management experience and eight years of MHMR experience.

Prior to coming  to Laredo Specialty Hospital, Sylvia served as Case Management supervisor at Doctors Hospital of Laredo and Assist MR Director at Border Region MHMR.

Sylvia earned a Bachelors Degree of Social Work from The St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.  She is an active member of the Alexander Band Parent’s Board Committee and enjoys spending time with family and friends on her spare time.


Joseph Troudt, Director of Therapy Operations
Joseph has dedicated his career to helping clients reach their full abilities and return to their homes. For the past five years, Joseph has been providing and managing care for his clients.

Joseph earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota in Grand Fork North Dakota.

Joseph is Neuro-INFRAH certified (Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation) and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. He extends his dedication to high-quality care for the community by serving at the Hands and Feet Clinic of Laredo.


Dolores Ruiz, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Dolores’ varied background makes her a natural fit for her role in serving our patients, their families, and the facilities that refer them to Laredo Specialty Hospital.

Dolores joined the hospital in 2012 as a clinical liaison where she developed and continues to develop strong relationships with referring physicians. Prior to that, Dolores has worked in case management and social work at a local hospital. While in case management, she worked closely with physicians, case managers, nursing staff, insurance carriers and local agencies for safe discharge planning. As a medical social worker for nearly five years, Dolores worked with patients with limited or no insurance coverage in discharge planning and social networking.

Dolores earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southwest Texas University in San Marcos, Texas. She also earned a licensed vocational nursing degree from Laredo Community College.

She has volunteered with the youth of San Marcos Housing Authority, creating fun, drug-free summer activities.