Modern Healthcare - - NEWS MAKERS - —An­dis Robeznieks

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,”

Deb­bie Bran­son,

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

John Dragov­its,

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.


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