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

Hanna Lee Huang, Market Chief Executive 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.

Jennifer Duarte, Director of Pharmacy
Jennifer knows that good pharmaceutical management can play an integral role in our patients’ recoveries.

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of hospital, retail, and teaching experience to her role, serving as a clinical pharmacist and clinical coordinator. She earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Texas in Austin, and completed a residency in ambulatory care at Blackstock Family Clinic in Austin, Texas.

She serves as a preceptor to pharmacy student and interns, and is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with several religious organizations. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Maria Castillon, Director of Human Resources
Maria has been a human resources administrator for over 23 years for numerous large local, national and multi-national private and public organizations, health care providers and manufacturers.

Maria’ priority is to find, hire and retain the most qualified health care and professional staff with the skills, experience and commitment that contribute and assure the most beneficial services to our patients.

She earned a BA degree in Bilingual Education from the Universidad Regiomontana of Monterrey and has attended Laredo Community College.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling.

Sylvia L. Babiak, Director of Patient Outcomes
Having been in social work for more than 20 years – 15 of which were in the medical field, Sylvia is passionate about ensuring that patients are satisfied with their recovery process and receive the best results possible.

Sylvia received a bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She has served as a preceptor for social work students in the Laredo community.

In her spare time, Sylvia volunteers for the J.B. Alexander Band Board. She enjoys cooking,  pickling, and jam making.

Julia Casso, Director of Compliance
With more than ten years of nursing experience and five years in compliance, Julia implements and monitors policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and accreditation standards. She also helps to develop strategic plans for improved healthcare quality.

Over the years, Julia has earned a BA in public affairs and corporate communications from Southern Methodist University, a master’s in library science from Sam Houston State University, a BS in nursing and a master’s in nursing administration, both from Texas A&M International University.

She has experience as an emergency room nurse, as well as a program coordinator for chest pain and stroke.

She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Society of Martha Washington.

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.

Wayne Deem, Director of Facilities Management
Wayne brings more than 25 years of experience to his position, with 13 of them in leadership and management.

Wayne’s varied experience has provided him insight to many aspects of facilities management. Along with past leadership positions, he has served as an HVAC/R technician, commercial and industrial refrigeration pipe fitter, and an industrial thermal cooling plant mechanic.

Wayne earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Laredo Community College and holds a HVAC/R certificate. He is involved with the Hospital Preparedness Program.

In his spare time, Wayne enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and camping with his family.

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.


Laura Liendo, Chief Nursing Officer
Laura brings her passion for nursing to her role as a nurse leader. After graduating from Laredo Community College in 2004, Laura started her nursing career in an acute care ICU for eight years before joining Laredo Specialty Hospital in 2012. Laura started at LSH as an ICU nurse and soon became a night shift house supervisor for four years. Laura then transitioned to become the wound care leader in 2016 for three years, where she was able to collaborate with the nursing team to promote wound healing. Laura became the chief nursing officer for LSH in 2019 and embraces the everchanging challenges healthcare brings her team in her role as a nurse leader.

Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Texas A&M International University in May 2022 and is currently enrolled at TAMIU for her Master of Science in nursing administration. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, reading, and baking in her spare time.