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Trouble at Parkland raises questions about new Grady CEO

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 1, 2011

As Grady Memorial Hospital's new CEO prepares to take the reins this fall, the Texas hospital he comes from is in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding after inspectors identified widespread problems putting patients at serious risk. During an extensive survey of Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital in July, state inspectors found expired medications, employees failing to wash their hands, patients lost in hallways and inadequate screening of emergency room patients, among other issues. Consequently, federal regulators have threatened to cut off the public hospital's Medicare funding if the problems aren't addressed by Friday. Also this week, Parkland's governing board announced the hospital's CEO will be replaced when his contract expires at the end of the year. John Haupert, who will become Grady's top executive in October, has served as Parkland's COO since 2006, making him the hospital's second in command.