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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


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