|Parkland, Green Oaks partner for leadership in behavioral health|
|DALLAS – At a meeting Wednesday evening, the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers voted 6 to 0 to approve a new management contract for Parkland’s behavioral health services. Board member Winfred Parnell, MD, abstained. Under the agreement, which has been in negotiations since November 2012, Dallas-based inpatient psychiatric facility Green Oaks Hospital will share its psychiatric care management expertise with Parkland.
“The objective of this agreement is to capitalize on the improvements we’ve already made, leverage the expertise of the leadership team we will place under contract, and continue moving behavioral health services at Parkland forward,” said Debbie Branson, chair, Parkland Board of Managers.
Under the contract, Green Oaks will provide an Administrative Director, a Nursing Director, a Performance Improvement Director and a Community Liaison to lead Parkland’s behavioral health operations. Parkland will retain control of all matters related to direct patient care, while working in close consultation with the new management team.
As Parkland has worked its way through the improvements mandated by the Corrective Action Plan, significant changes have been implemented in both the physical space in which Parkland offers emergency, in-patient and outpatient clinical psychiatric services. More importantly, changes have also been implemented in the quantity and quality of medical and non-medical staffing and the policies and procedures of the three units.
“Behavioral health management is a core competency for Green Oaks,” said Robert L. Smith, Parkland interim Chief Executive Officer. “With the support of this new management team we believe we can ensure that the improvements we have made are sustainable.”
The contract has an annual value of approximately $1.1 million. It is for a term of two-years, with an option to extend for an additional two years, but also has early termination provisions.
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