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.


Prentice Sanders, Chief Financial Officer
Bringing 10 years of experience in healthcare financial management to his role, Prentice is well suited to direct all financial functions of the hospital, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements and financial stability.

Prentice earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz.

He serves as a youth teacher at a local church and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.


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.


Maria Antonieta Mares, Director of Nursing Operations
Toni’s 25 years of experience as a registered nurse has prepared her fully to run the hospital’s nursing operations. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas and currently is working on her master’s in business administration.

Toni is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and an active member and youth teacher at Hefziba Baptist Church.


Ann Jene Wied, Director of Case Management
Ann Jene is responsible for the day to day operations of the Case Management Department. With a central focus on census management, patient care outcomes and key care indicators she oversees the interdisciplinary plan of care and the discharge planning process to ensure the effectiveness and appropriateness of services. Ann Jene is a patient and family advocate to ensure that services are delivered to meet the needs of patients and families and that the utilization of resources is appropriate. Ann Jene possesses a total of 15 years of experience as a nurse with 10 years in case management both in the short term acute care hospital and long term acute care hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration at Kaplan University.


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.


Maria Garcia, Respiratory Care Manager
With a passion for patients, Maria brings more than seven years of respiratory care experience to her role at Laredo Specialty Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, and currently is an active member of the Texas Society for Respiratory Care.