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Parkland Reorg Designates Interim Leaders

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2012

She notes that the new team has "significant turnaround experience in the healthcare industry. We feel like this is the appropriate team to make the changes we need to make at this point." Now it's time, Branson says, to start auditing the policies and procedures put into place for the CAP and this team will make sure the changes "are hardwired into the system."

Parkland's senior leadership team includes:

  • Thomas Royer, MD, who was named interim CEO in November 2011. His contract expires September 1. He succeeds Ron Anderson, MD, who was the CEO for 29 years before the board of managers removed him from that position in August 2011. Anderson remains under a one-year contract with Parkland as senior advisor to the CEO.
  • Ron Laxton and Sharon Phillips, RN, now share the interim COO title. The COO spot had been empty since the September 2011 departure of John Haupert, who was named president and CEO of Grady Health System in Atlanta. Laxton will focus on hospital operations. He joined Parkland in March as the chief implementation officer for the CAP and reports directly to the hospital's board. Sharon Phillips will focus on off campus operations, including ambulatory care and behavioral health services. She has been with Parkland since 1985 and has held several executive positions.
  • Ted Shaw, an accountant, has joined Parkland as interim CFO. He replaces John Dragovits who announced in June that he was leaving to become president and COO of a Dallas healthcare information technology company. According to Parkland Shaw has served as CEO and CFO at both public and private healthcare organizations. He was until May 2012 the CFO of the University of Miami medical school.
  • Christopher Madden, MD, was named interim chief medical officer following the Friday resignation of John Jay Shannon, MD, who had served as CMO since 2007. Shannon's resignation "was voluntary" following good discussions, according to Branson, who added that Shannon will help with the CMO transition. Madden, a neurosurgeon at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has since December serviced as UT Southwestern's assistant vice president for Parkland Health & Hospital System affairs.
  • Mary Eagen, executive vice president and chief nursing officer, joined Parkland in January 2012 to restructure Parkland's nursing organization. Systemic issues in the role and organization structure of nursing and nursing practices have been identified as contributing to many of the Parkland deficiencies identified by CMS. Eagen was previously regional chief nurse executive at Christus Health Southeast Texas in Beaumont.
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