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Parkland Health names four CEO finalists


By Paul Barr
Posted: November 6, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET
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The board for Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System selected four finalists for its CEO slot: Pete Delgado, CEO, LAC+USC Healthcare Network, Los Angeles; Wright Lassiter III, CEO, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, Calif.; Walter Shaw, interim executive vice president and chief financial officer, Parkland; Larry Volkmar, CEO, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix.

A first round of interviews was conducted last month and another round is planned for the next several weeks, according to a Parkland news release.

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Other candidates still could be considered after this round, Debbie Branson, chairwoman of Parkland’s board of managers, said in the release. “We hope to select a new permanent CEO as quickly as possible, but we’re not setting a hard deadline,” she said. “We’re going to wait until this board is satisfied that it has identified the individual best suited to lead Parkland into a new era. This is the most important decision this board will make. We’re going to get it right,” Branson said.

Parkland is revamping after undergoing regulatory scrutiny. In August, Parkland agreed to pay $1 million to Texas' state health services department to resolve potential litigation and enforcement actions pertaining to patient safety and quality issues.

Lassiter was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2012, and talked about healthcare reform and success as a healthcare executive in a related video interview.


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