IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Thomas Royer will take over leadership of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, on Jan. 1 as the interim replacement for longtime president and CEO Dr. Ron Anderson. Anderson will remain with the system as a senior adviser.
Royer retired in March as president and CEO at Christus Health, Irving, Texas, a position he held for 12 years. Royer was expected to join Parkland immediately and work with Anderson to ensure an orderly transition, the public hospital said in a news release.
Anderson, who spent 30 years in his current post, will work with state officials pursuing a Medicaid waiver to increase payment for uncompensated care, as well as help research and develop a community health institute and raise money for Parkland’s foundation.
“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’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.” The August announcement of Anderson’s diminished role came as the CMS considered whether to terminate the hospital’s participation in Medicare because of a variety of quality violations cited by surveyors. Parkland reached a deal with the CMS in September to continue its enrollment for 19 months under certain conditions.
— Ashok Selvam