EDINBURG Michael La Coste joined South Texas Health System this summer as Associate Administrator for Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children's Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has earned his Master's degree in Healthcare Administration as well as his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. La Coste also holds a Bachelors of Science from Texas A&M University. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at these Edinburg hospitals.

Prior to joining South Teas Health system, La Coste held the position of Practice Administrator of Radiology at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. Among his key accomplishments at Texas Children's Hospital were developing and administrating a $30.5 million operating budget, strengthening the radiology program, and recruiting physicians. La Coste served as a former U.S. Army officer and a decorated combat veteran of Iraq and Kosovo.

"My goals are to continuously improve employee and patient satisfaction. I want the Edinburg campuses to be the employer of choice for this area, and I want our employees to enjoy coming to work every day. The resultant positive atmosphere generated by this behavior is a catalyst to improving employee satisfaction," La Coste said. "Additionally, I want this to be the medical facilities chosen and recommended by our patients because they feel that they receive the best medical care."