Sarah A. Garza named Vice President of Clinics and Physician Groups for Driscoll Health System
As Vice President of Clinics and Physician Groups, Sarah will be responsible for providing overall system leadership to a 140-member physician group.
Key parts of her job will include recruiting and retaining the best pediatric specialist physicians to serve the children of South Texas and to ensure high quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Working in collaboration with system and medical staff leadership, she will develop and execute an ambulatory strategy that enhances outreach and grows services, while ensuring the highest quality of care in a fully integrated healthcare system that includes Driscoll Health Plan and Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
“Sarah brings with her a deep well of experience and a familiarity with South Texas that is invaluable. Her many years of medical service to the Rio Grande Valley will be critical as construction continues on Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, the only designated, freestanding pediatric hospital in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Eric Hamon, President and CEO of Driscoll Health System. “The entire Driscoll Health System will benefit from Sarah’s knowledge and expertise. She will fit in well with the Driscoll team.”
“I am incredibly proud to be joining the Driscoll Health System team. Driscoll’s reputation for providing quality healthcare to the children of South Texas is well known throughout the Coastal Bend and in my home area, the Rio Grande Valley. As a healthcare professional and a mom, pediatric healthcare has always been an area that I have been extremely passionate about. This is one of the many reasons why I am excited for this opportunity to not only continue the mission of the Coastal Bend, but also to expand its presence in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Sarah.
Sarah has spent the last 14 years in operations and senior leadership roles with Valley Baptist Physician Network in Harlingen, a network of 95 providers, with 17 outpatient clinic sites and six facility-based service lines.
She had been the Senior Director of Physician Practice Operations & Physician Practice Development there since March 2012. While at Tenet Physician Resources, Valley Baptist Physician Network, Sarah was key in expanding the physician network.
She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Sarah and her husband, Robert L. Guerra Jr., have three children, ages 11, 8 and 2.
Eric praised her predecessor Dale Obermueller, who is retiring from Driscoll after 12 years of service.
“I want to thank Dale for his years of outstanding service to Driscoll and wish him the best in retirement. Driscoll Health System has grown and prospered under his guidance,” he said.