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Four health care executives to undergo second round of interviews for Parkland CEO position
DALLAS - The Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers has reduced to four the number of candidates currently under consideration for the position of permanent Chief Executive Officer. The Board did so following first-round interviews of several individuals interested in the position during scheduled Board meetings late last month.

“Our executive search firm, Korn/Ferry, and the Board jointly examined nearly twenty potential candidates,” said Board chair Debbie Branson. “These were some of the leading health care executives in the country – a truly amazing and diverse cross section of professionals. We have narrowed them down to the four who we think will vigilantly sustain a culture of patient safety and quality care at Parkland for many years to come. These four candidates most closely fit the needs of Dallas County, Parkland and our patients.”

The four candidates are:
• Pete Delgado, Chief Executive Officer, LAC+USC Healthcare Network, Los Angeles, CA
• Wright L. Lassiter, III, Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA
• Walter (Ted) Shaw, CPA, FHFMA, Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, TX
• Larry E. Volkmar, Chief Executive Officer, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

The first round of interviews was held during a posted Board meeting that began early on October 15th. The second round is expected to occur over the next several weeks.

Branson cautioned, however, that it is possible the Board could choose to continue examining other candidates once this process is complete.

“We hope to select a new permanent CEO as quickly as possible, but we’re not setting a hard deadline. We’re going to wait until this Board is satisfied that it has identified the individual best suited to lead Parkland into a new era. This is the most important decision this Board will make. We’re going to get it right,” Branson said.

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