“I sincerely appreciate the effort every employee at Parkland continues to put forth to complete our corrective action plan,” said Dr. Thomas Royer, Parkland's interim CEO, said in the release. “The board has now assembled a team with proven track records when it comes to turning around healthcare institutions to lead the ongoing process.”
Royer's contract as interim CEO was set to expire on May 31, but the board approved an extension back in May that extended it until the end of August.
Ron Laxton, a registered nurse serving as the chief implementation officer of Parkland's systems-improvement agreement with the CMS, was named interim chief operating officer for hospital operations, a position that had been vacant. The former CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Reno, Nev., has led healthcare institution turnaround efforts in Nevada, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Sharon Phillips, a registered nurse who had been leading off-campus operations, was named interim COO for ambulatory care and behavioral health services.
Ted Shaw, who has worked on turnaround efforts at four academic medical centers, has been named interim chief financial officer. He will replace John Dragovits who resigned to become president and COO of Anthelio, a Dallas-based health information technology services provider.
Dr. Christopher Madden, a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center associate professor of neurosurgery, has been named interim chief medical officer. Madden has been practicing neurosurgery at Parkland since 2003, and will replace Dr. John Jay Shannon who recently announced his resignation, according to the release.
Mary Eagen will remain as chief nursing officer. She was named to the post in January.
Ages for Eagen, Laxton, Madden, Phillips and Shaw were not available before deadline.
Parkland is also building a new $1.3 billion, 862-bed hospital set to open in 2015.