Parkland Hospital names interim leader

Thomas Royer

Credit: Parkland

Dr. Thomas Royer was named interim CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

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Posted on November 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

DALLAS — The Parkland Health & Hospital System Monday named Dr. Thomas C. Royer as interim CEO.

Royer comes to Parkland from Irving-based CHRISTUS Health, an international non-profit health system with 350 facilities in Texas, five other states, and northern Mexico. He will start work  immediately.

"What we wanted was an experienced, focused leader," said Dr. Lauren McDonald, Chair of Parkland's Board of Managers in a written statement. "He understands the urgent need to be extraordinarily focused on the challenges in front of us."

Earlier this year, Parkland was threatened with federal funding cuts due to patient safety issues. The hospital worked out a 19-month "Systems Improvement Agreement" in September to avert the loss of millions of dollars from Medicare.

"We do have a great deal of work in front of us, but I am committed to work with the team here to move forward on a very visible journey to excellence for the patients, physicians and employees of Parkland," Dr. Royer said in a statement.

Royer takes over for Dr. Ron Anderson, who had been chief of Dallas County's medical center for nearly three decades. Anderson has accepted a new position as Senior Adviser to the CEO, and those duties will begin on January 1.

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