Robert L. “Bob”
Smith, a Plano resident and former senior vice president for Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, was named interim chief executive officer for Parkland Memorial Hospital Wednesday.
His appointment was approved unanimously by the Parkland Health & Hospital System board of directors, to replace Thomas C. Royer, M.D., whose contract expires in at the end of the month. Royer held the position for nine months.
“Bob has extensive experience doing just what we need him to do—taking an organization facing significant challenges and turning it around,” said Debbie Branson, chairwoman of Parkland’s board, in a statement. “With his engagement, we finish a task we started a few weeks ago when we named other new members of our senior leadership team—all selected because of their experience transforming challenged organizations. Bob’s experience is precisely what we need in the coming months as we work to permanently embed a culture of safety and quality care at Parkland.”
Smith, the 2011 recipient of the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, will become CEO in mid-September. A national search is under way for a permanent CEO.
The embattled hospital is under a probationary improvement agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services because of deficiencies in its infection control and emergency department care. The agreement temporarily protects its $417 million Medicare and Medicaid, which is at risk if the facility cannot overcome quality problems. That funding represents about 35 percent of Parkland’s annual revenue.