Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, selected Dr. Thomas Royer as the interim replacement for longtime president and CEO Dr. Ron Anderson, who will remain with the system as a senior adviser.
Parkland names Dr. Thomas Royer interim CEO
The new positions are effective Jan. 1. Royer retired in March from his post after 12 years as president and CEO at Christus Health, Irving, Texas. He'll join Parkland immediately and will work with Anderson during the transition.
Parkland created a new role for Anderson, who spent 30 years at his current post. As senior adviser to the CEO, Anderson will have three goals, according to an e-mailed news release from Parkland: He will serve as Parkland's principal consultant while the system works to secure an 1115 Medicaid waiver; he will help research and develop a community health institute; and he will help raise funds for Parkland's charity arm.
The hospital suffered a tumultuous 2011, undergoing scrutiny from the CMS, which considered whether Parkland should be terminated from the Medicare program.
"This is an exciting opportunity to continue serving Parkland and the community, doing work that needs to be done," Anderson said in the release. I am looking forward to getting started," Anderson said in a prepared statement. "I'm also looking forward to supporting Dr. Royer, whose national reputation as an exemplary healthcare CEO is well deserved and who I know will serve Parkland well."
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