Laredo Rehabilitation 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
Carmen MacDonald, MSN, RN, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Macdonald was born in Laredo, Texas and is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She obtained her Masters in Nursing Administration in 2004 and has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. Ms. Macdonald’s career included roles in patient care, market development, education, and administration. Her responsibilities have included hospital accreditation, patient satisfaction and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Macdonald is active in the community and is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association as well as American College of Healthcare Executives. She is well regarded in the community, earning numerous accolades for quality and patient centered care. Ernest Health, Laredo division was recognized for 2018, “People Award,” following by the “Hospital Quality Award,” and leading her team to 5 years of consecutive “Top 10%” in Rehabilitative Hospitals.
Ms. Macdonald’s philosophy is driven by persistence, being dynamic and patient centered care as the core for success.
Dr. Joseph Camero, Medical Director
Dr. Camero is responsible for the overall medical supervision of the hospital, which includes nursing and therapy staff, along with the main approval of all admissions and care plans.
Dr. Camero possesses deep experience in the healing profession, having spent over 30 years as a physician, and more than 25 years as a medical director of inpatient rehabilitation.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Dr. Camero earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee before completing an internship in internal medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a residency in neurology at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
Magda Mendieta, Director of Compliance
With more than 25 years of nursing experience, Magda oversees the quality and regulatory compliance at the hospital, helping to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care.
Magda is a registered nurse who earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Laredo Community College. She currently is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Magda is an international board-certified lactation consultant, and is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Texas Nurses Association (TNA).
In her spare time, Magda can be found spending time with her family and caring for her horses on their ranch.
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 certified as am SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Program pharmacist.
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 24 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.
Joseph Troudt, Director of Therapy Operations
Joseph has dedicated his career to helping clients reach their full abilities and return to their homes. For over 6 years, Joseph has been providing and managing care for his clients.
Joseph earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota and currently is neuro-INFRAH certified as well as LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG certified.
Joseph is a member of 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 city in various projects including, Hospital Preparedness Program.
In his spare time, Wayne enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and camping with his family.
Carina Reyes, Director of Patient Outcomes and Case Management
Carina is passionate about helping to ensure that patients understand the steps in their recovery processes so they can receive the best results possible. Carina earned her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Texas A&M International University, in Laredo, Texas.
As a registered nurse, Carina possesses more than seven years of long-term acute care, rehabilitative, case management, and administrative experience. Carina is a highly accomplished nursing leader with a focus on patient outcomes that exemplify superior quality care.
Carina is also a member of the Texas Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. When not working, Carina enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family and pets.
Katherine Cardenas, Director of Nursing
Katherine is the DON for Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital, and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. In this role she provides leadership, and direction for the nursing staff and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all functions of nursing care.
Katherine’s career as a Registered Nurse includes having previously served in medical/surgical, oncology, and rehabilitation settings and has previously served as a preceptor for nursing students and new nursing graduates.
Katherine’s passion to provide high quality nursing care is her motivating factor in providing world class service. When not working, Katherine can be found reading, or spending time with her family.