IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Parkland Health & Hospital System, the public healthcare provider for the Dallas area, named a new leadership team and has given it a mandate to “focus on a rapid and sustainable turnaround.” Ron Laxton,
60, a registered nurse serving as the chief implementation officer of Parkland’s systems-improvement agreement with the CMS, was named interim COO 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.
“Transformational change of Parkland is not an option, it’s a necessity and we believe this team is qualified to bring it about,”
Parkland board of managers chairwoman, said in a news release.
The system, which includes its 690-bed namesake hospital, has been going through a period of turmoil, which included not renewing the contract last year for
Dr. Ron Anderson, who had been CEO for 30 years, a threat by the CMS to terminate the hospital from the Medicare program, quality and safety issues, and alleged violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act that resulted in a $50,000 settlement. Parkland is also building a $1.3 billion, 862-bed hospital set to open in 2015.
“The board has now assembled a team with proven track records when it comes to turning around healthcare institutions to lead the ongoing process,” Parkland’s interim CEO, said
Dr. Thomas Royer, in the release. Royer’s contract as interim CEO was set to expire May 31, but the board approved an extension in May that extended it until the end of August. Sharon Phillips,
58, a registered nurse who had been leading offcampus operations, was named interim COO for ambulatory care and behavioral health services. Ted Shaw,
61, who has worked on turnaround efforts at four academic medical centers, was named interim CFO. He will replace
58, who resigned to become president and COO of Anthelio, a Dallas-based health information technology services provider. Dr. Christopher Madden,
46, a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center associate professor of neurosurgery, was named interim chief medical officer. Madden has been practicing neurosurgery at Parkland since 2003. He will replace Dr. John Jay Shannon, 52, who recently announced his resignation, according to the release. Mary Eagen,
69, will remain as chief nursing officer.