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Parkland reorganizes senior leadership team around transformation

New leadership group to drive change throughout hospital system
DALLAS – Parkland Health & Hospital System announced, today, a reorganization of its senior leadership team. The new leaders have been given a mandate to focus on a rapid and sustainable turnaround at Parkland.

“We’re entering a new phase in our corrective action plan,” said Debbie Branson, Chair of the Parkland Board of Managers. “The emphasis must be on ensuring the changes we’ve made in our operations become permanently woven into the Parkland culture. This group of leaders has the talent and turnaround experience to get that done.”

“I sincerely appreciate the effort every employee at Parkland continues to put forth to complete our corrective action plan. The Board has now assembled a team with proven track records when it comes to turning around health care institutions to lead the ongoing process. I look forward to working with them in this important transition period,” said Parkland’s interim CEO Thomas Royer, MD.

The new Parkland leadership team includes:
• Ron Laxton, RN, Interim Chief Operating Officer for Hospital Operations– Laxton is currently serving as Chief Implementation Officer (CIMO) under the Systems Improvement Agreement with CMS. He will now oversee Parkland’s acute care hospital operations. This position was previously vacant. Laxton previously served as CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center & Children’s Hospital—an 800 bed facility in Reno, Nevada. He has led turnaround efforts for health care institutions in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Nevada.

• Sharon Phillips, RN, Interim Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Care & Behavioral Health Services – Phillips is serving as the executive in charge of off campus operations. She has an extensive background in turning around health care operations, as evidenced by those services now provided in the adult and juvenile Dallas County Jail system. Phillips spearheaded the startup of Parkland’s Medicaid Managed Care operations. In addition, she has had several successful personal entrepreneurial endeavors.

• Ted Shaw, CPA, FHFMA, Interim Chief Financial Officer – Shaw has served as CFO and CEO at both public and private health care organizations. He has turned around several large health care systems including four academic medical centers. Shaw will replace John Dragovits, who recently announced his intention to leave Parkland to join a new health care venture in Dallas as its COO.

• Mary Eagen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. Eagen has been serving in this role for the past six months, leading the restructuring of the Parkland nursing organization. Eagen, who is a seasoned Chief Nursing Officer, contributed to the successfully turnaround of two Texas regions within the CHRISTUS Health System.

• Christopher Madden, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer – Dr. Madden, a neurosurgeon at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has been practicing at Parkland since 2003. Dr. Madden is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern. He is a nationally recognized surgeon, teacher and author in the field of neurosurgery. In addition to his clinical and teaching practice, since December Dr. Madden has been serving as UT Southwestern’s Assistant Vice President for Parkland Health & Hospital System Affairs. Dr. Madden has agreed to serve as Parkland’s Chief Medical Officer until a permanent Chief Medical Officer is recruited. Dr. Madden will be replacing Dr. John Jay Shannon, who recently announced his intention to resign as CMO.

“The Board of Managers is unanimous in its support for this new leadership team. Ron Laxton, Ted Shaw and Mary Eagen have a track record of success turning around organizations in crisis and Dr. Madden has emerged as an instrumental player leading change on the UT Southwestern side of the Parkland equation,” Branson added. “Transformational change of Parkland is not an option, it’s a necessity and we believe this team is qualified to bring it about.”
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For Further Information Contact:
April Foran
214.590.8054