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As CMS Approves Parkland's CAP, Board Chair Resigns

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2012

He added that the safety-net hospital will "provide monthly monitoring reports to the public that will track its progress toward full compliance" of state and federal requirements. "We will keep the public informed of our progress toward complete and sustainable compliance."

Board chair resigns

The approval of the CAP plan comes on the heels of news that Lauren McDonald, MD, the high-profile chair of Parkland's governing board, resigned on Tuesday at the end of a lengthy board of managers meeting.

McDonald has served 13 years on the board, including six as the board chair. Her resignation is effective March 6. Her replacement is expected to be appointed next week by the Dallas County Commissioners Court, which oversees Parkland's board.

In a statement released to Parkland employees McDonald said her decision to leave "is rooted in my personal life, with an aging parent who needs me and patients to whom I would like to dedicate more time to through my medical practice."

She made only a passing reference to Parkland's ongoing problems saying, "We have faced tremendous challenges in the past few years, but I know of no other community of people better able to face down serious challenges and overcome them."

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