Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) affiliated West Houston Medical Center’s (WHMC) Chief Executive Officer Todd Caliva announced that David Elgarico has been named the facility’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Elgarico was previously the Executive Director of Ancillary Services at the University of California Irvine (UCI) Medical Center in Orange, California.
Before joining UCI Medical Center, Elgarico served as the COO for Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this position, Elgarico participated in HCA’s COO Development Program where he oversaw the ancillary departments as the Associate Administrator for Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California since 2005. He completed his Administrative Residency at HCA’s Trident Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina in 2005 after he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his master’s in Healthcare Administration.
“David brings many years of experience and energy to West Houston, and I am very excited to have him join our team,” said Caliva. Elgarico is a co-founder and the current chair of the Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA), a national organization founded to advance Asians in healthcare leadership. He also had the opportunity to serve as faculty at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress in 2013 and 2014.
Additionally, on behalf of AHCLA, Elgarico gave the invocation at the annual ACHE Diversity Breakfast. He has served as a panelist speaker for the South Texas ACHE Chapter and the South East Texas ACHE Chapter. Elgarico also served on HCA’s Diversity Council and Planning Committee, a committee aimed at advancing diversity for HCA’s 190,000 employees through the development and continual improvement of the Diversity and Inclusion Program. Furthermore, Elgarico has served on the ACHE Regents Advisory Councils in California, Texas and South Carolina. He has served as a board member for several organizations representing hospitals and leaders in the communities he has served.
“I am privileged and excited to return to HCA’s Gulf Coast Division by joining a team that has distinguished itself in delivering excellent quality care and look forward to contributing to the community as we continue raising the bar on our services for our patients,” said Elgarico. Elgarico and his wife Kim have two children, Gianna and Noah. Elgarico started his role as COO at West Houston Medical Center on September 2nd.
West Houston Medical Center is a full-service hospital serving the West Houston community for nearly 30 years. This Joint Commission accredited facility provides a range of care, including emergency services, neurosurgery services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic services, bariatric/weight loss surgery, senior care, wound care, sleep disorder services, cardiovascular care, women’s services and more. For more information, visit www.WestHoustonMedical.com.