Jose A. Echavarria has accepted the position of Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) for Northwest Health, according to Denten Park, Chief Executive Officer for the Northwest Health market. Echavarria comes to Northwest Health from Steward Healthcare in Texas where he had served in executive leadership positions at several hospitals since 2016.
Echavarria began his career in San Antonio, TX, as an Administrative Intern at Christus Santa Rosa Health System. He moved up to Administrative Resident at Southwest General Hospital, and then into an Associate Administrator position at St. Joseph Medical Center, a 790-bed facility with a Level III Trauma Center located in Downtown Houston. Echavarria was then promoted to Administrator of St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights in Houston, where provided daily oversight of hospital operations, facilitated development opportunities and strengthened community, staff and physician relations. He was then promoted to Administrator of St. Joseph Medical Center and held this position prior to joining Northwest Health.
He earned his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in psychology, from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, and his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he also earned a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives. His civic club involvement has included serving as a board member for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Heights Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of Central Houston Inc. Millennial Enterprise Group, which focused on promoting and revitalizing the Downtown Houston community.