|Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony: Parkland chairwoman Debbie Branson and Dallas County |
commissioner John Wiley Price again show their love for one another at today's commissioners court
|Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price|
again scolds Parkland board chairwoman Debbie
Branson for a lack of details on the hospital's
ever-stalling search for its next permanent CEO
Anderson had been blamed for the hospital's most serious failures in addressing widespread problems in patient care, safety, and billing issues that threatened to shut down the hospital for good. Those widespread problems were first revealed more than three years ago, and consequences to those problems are being felt by the county even to this day.
Since then, Parkland has gone through two interim CEOs and forced out a slew of other interim senior executives while desperately trying to find someone—anyone—who was qualified and actually wanted the job to lead the very troubled county hospital.
|The new CEO at Parkland will have to handle a lot of problems at the embattled hospital, but will likely be paid very handsomely in the seven figures in salary according to latest reports from the Morning News on executive compensation at the hospital|
"Ron Anderson was paid $885,000 in his final full year [as Parkland's CEO in 2011], including $279,000 in incentive pay" - Dallas Morning News
Parkland previously narrowed down their executive search to four finalists one year ago only to have to abort their search in March of 2012 after it was learned that all the candidates had serious reservations in taking the Parkland job.
|It was another hard day of difficult questions with commissioner|
John Wiley Price at the Dallas County Commissioners Court
for Parkland's embattled chairwoman, Debbie Branson
Although Parkland eked by the CMS safety inspections in August by the skin of their teeth, it was later discovered that the public hospital would remain under federal terms of probation for Medicare fraud under the watchful eye of the U.S. Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) for the next five years with onsite safety and fraud monitors watching over their every move.
It was only this past October, three months after CMS's announcement that Parkland barely passed its second and final "do-or-die" inspections, that the Parkland board decided to restart its search for its next CEO from scratch after having spent over two years and nearly $400,000 in their previous abortive attempts.
Given that Korn/Ferry has been paid $400,000 for the two-year exhaustive executive search already, and they would be paid an additional amount equal to 31.5 percent of the new CEO total compensations for the first year, the estimated total salary for the new Parkland CEO could run as high as $1,905,000 if Price's cost estimates for Korn/Ferry's fees are correct.
That would easily make Parkland's CEO the highest paid county employee anywhere in the U.S.
Ron Anderson, in his last full year as Parkland's CEO, was paid $885,000, including $279,000 in undeserved incentive bonuses.
The Parkland board has not announced the salary range for the new CEO or whether they would put in place a controversial and contentious proposal to reinstall an executive incentive bonus plan for the hospital's top managers.
"I'm very hopeful we'll extend a[n] offer in January," Parkland board chairwoman Debbie Branson said. "That is our hope."
County Commissioner John Wiley Price was again clearly frustrated by Branson's lack of details on the progress of the embattled hospital's long and fruitless search. Branson was again not very forthcoming in her answers when asked by the commissioner to divulge more intimate details about who the six candidates were.
"I can't tell you that. I haven't met them," Branson meekly told an angered Price. "We don't know the age. We don't know the race. We only know the qualifications."
|How hard could it possibly be to replace this guy?|
Parkland's last CEO, Ron Anderson, who was fired
at the end of 2011.
"This is supposed to be some kind of update? I'm unimpressed," proclaimed Price, who has in the past bitterly complained about how secretive Parkland's executive search process has been.
Branson said the hospital sent some 200 letters of inquiry to health care leaders around the country, hoping to find someone interested in job.
The board was then presented with twelve names, of which six candidates were selected for the upcoming high-stakes interviews set for December.
Branson also said that the identities of the interviewees will not be released unless they become formal candidates after the December interviews.
"We told the candidates that their identities and interest in this [job] would remain confidential," said Parkland's general counsel, Paul Leslie.
Branson also suggested that this time around the Parkland board would not make the same mistake it made last time in allowing interactions between the interviewees and Dallas civic and business leaders before the board makes its choice.
Apparently, loose lips from some of Dallas' leaders tipped off all the four finalists to the immense gravity of the many problems they would encounter at Parkland, even before they would start the job. That seemed to have scared everyone off. (Hope the candidates don't have internet access from where they come from.)
From reports on how much the current executive management is making, the starting salary for Parkland's next CEO will likely begin in the seven-figure range, so if anything, there will be a great deal of financial incentive for anyone interested in taking a job that—thus far—no one has been interested in taking.
- DMN: Diversity issue surfaces as Parkland looks at 6 for CEO job (11/26/13) new!
- DMN Blogs: Six potential candidates for Parkland CEO coming to Dallas (11/26/13)
- Orgy of Death: DMN: Top financial official to leave Parkland next month (11/22/13)
- Orgy of Death: DMN: New report highlights compensation issues for top Parkland executives (11/22/13)
- DMN Editorials: What Parkland needs in a new CEO (10/22/13)
- DMN Blogs: New report highlights compensation issues for top Parkland executives (11/21/13)
- DMN: 2nd agency lowers bond rating of hospital district that runs Parkland (11/21/13)
- DMN: Parkland legal staff refusing to release executive compensation study (11/5/13)
- Orgy of Death: Estimates of Atlanta's safety-net hospital's loses of $45 million under Obamacare give an idea of what Parkland can expect to lose without Medicaid expansion (11/1/13)
- Orgy of Death: Parkland is back to square one with no prospects to fill its top position after squandering 2 years and $400,000 in search of its next CEO (10/24/13)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland Memorial Hospital turns attention back to CEO search (10/17/13)
- DMN: Parkland Memorial Hospital resumes CEO search (10/16/13)
- KERA: Parkland continues searching for new CEO (10/16/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland Memorial Hospital turns attention back to CEO search (10/16/13)
- Dallas Observer: The feds are pretty sure Parkland Hospital won't kill you now (8/7/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland has a bad month and records a new loss of $5.3 million (7/24/13)
- DMN: Dallas County's Parkland hospital district loses top bond rating from Fitch (7/16/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland loses AAA-bond rating from Fitch as hospital prepares new bond sale (7/16/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland officials get another lashing from Dallas County commissioners (7/9/13)
- DMN: Texas hospital construction takes divergent paths (7/5/13)
- WFAA: Dallas Co. Commissioner publicly expresses frustration with new Parkland (7/2/13), with video flag!
- DMN Blogs: Parkland considers giving its top managers controversial performance pay again (6/27/13)
- DMN Blogs: Crucial government survey interrupted at Parkland Memorial Hospital for unknown reasons (6/24/13)
- DMN: Parkland Memorial Hospital's $1.4 million settlement of whistleblower lawsuit is final (5/31/13)
- DMN Blogs: U.S. attorney in Dallas finalizes $1.4 million deal to settle allegations against Parkland Memorial Hospital (5/31/13)
- FierceHealthcare: Parkland pays $1.4M to settle improper billing charges (5/24/13)
- Modern Healthcare: Parkland agrees to pay $1.42 million settlement (5/23/13)
- CultureMap Dallas: Parkland Hospital pays U.S. government $1.4 million to settle Medicaid fraud claims (5/23/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland Memorial Hospital faces another form of federal oversight—and Dallas County judge calls it a 'serious matter' (5/23/13)
- Becker’s: Parkland Memorial Hospital to pay $1.4M settlement to resolve fraud allegations (5/23/13)
- DMN: New Parkland Memorial Hospital $16 million over budget (5/7/13)
- DMN Blogs: New Parkland hospital running $16 million over budget, official tells county commissioners (5/7/13)
- DMN Blogs: Sequestration cuts will cost Parkland hospital about $3 million this year (4/24/13)
- NBC-5: Commissioners surprised to learn old Parkland Hospital will remain open (4/9/13), with video flag!
- Becker’s: Hospitals brace for sizable Medicare cuts from sequestration (3/28/13)
- CultureMap Dallas: Why John Wiley Price and Dallas Morning News are to blame for Parkland CEO search (3/26/13) flag!
- DMN: John Wiley Price targets Parkland hospital officials he says aren't forthcoming (3/26/13)
- DMN Editorials: John Wiley Price is asking the right questions about Parkland Hospital's CEO search (3/20/13)
- Becker’s: Safety monitors suggest Parkland Memorial change contract with UT Southwestern Medical Center (3/21/13)
- DMN Blogs: Federal health regulators caution Parkland Memorial Hospital to enhance quality control in contract with UT Southwestern (3/20/13)
- WFAA: Dallas commissioner critical of Parkland CEO search (3/19/13) with video flag!
- DMN: Parkland's ongoing CEO search spurs John Wiley Price's anger (3/19/13)
- DMN Blogs: John Wiley Price rails against Parkland chair for CEO search (3/19/13)
- DMN: John Wiley Price blasts Parkland board chairwoman over hospital's CEO search (3/19/13)
- DMN: Parkland extends search for new CEO beyond four finalists (3/8/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland will expand its CEO search despite picking four finalists (3/8/13)
- CultureMap Dallas: John Wiley Price needs to chill. Parkland will hire a CEO when it is good and ready (2/21/13)
- DMN: John Wiley Price objects to slow pace of Parkland Hospital CEO selection (2/19/13)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland CEO search progresses? (2/19/13)
- DMN Editorials: Rangaraj Ramanujam: Parkland requires transformation, not quick fixes (1/13/13)
- DMN Editorials: Warren Fagadau: Parkland and the power of collaboration (1/3/13)
- FierceHealthcare: 6 hospitals on healthcare's naughty list (12/20/12)
- DMN Editorials: Clay Jenkins: Parkland needs an inspiring servant leader (11/25/12)
- DMN Editorials: Marty Makary: Parkland needs employees to feel ownership (11/18/12)
- DMN Editorials: Peter Pronovost: Parkland rebuilding ’at the speed of trust’ (11/11/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland Hospital narrows CEO search to four (11/7/12)
- DMN: 4 finalists for Parkland Memorial Hospital CEO offer variety of critical skills (11/7/12)
- Becker’s: Parkland Hospital narrows CEO search to 4 candidates (11/6/12)
- CultureMap Dallas: Parkland Hospital down to 4 finalists for pivotal new CEO (11/5/12)
- DMN: Dallas' Parkland hospital identifies four finalists to replace CEO (11/5/12)
- CultureMap Dallas: Parkland hospital whistleblower finally reveals all: A dangerous emergency room's politics (10/1/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland hospital's board formally OKs $1 million settlement (9/25/12)
- FierceHealthcare: Parkland to pay $1M patient safety settlement (9/4/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland, Department of State Health reach $1M settlement (9/4/12)
- Becker’s: Dallas' Parkland Hospital to pay $1M fine for alleged quality, safety violations (9/4/12)
- FierceHealthcare: Dallas hospitals to pay $1.4M, settle upcoming investigation (9/2/11)
- Modern Healthcare: Parkland to pay Texas $1 million in settlement (8/31/12)
- WFAA: Parkland, health department reach settlement (8/31/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland to pay a record $1 million for safety failures (8/31/12)
- Becker’s: Parkland Memorial Hospital in Texas has more than 1,300 vacancies (8/21/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Q&A: Parkland's incoming interim CEO on problem solving (8/20/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland names ex-Tenet exec interim CEO (8/16/12)
- DMN Blogs: New dimension to Parkland's staffing crisis: lack of doctors (8/16/12)
- WFAA: Dallas: Parkland Hospital names new interim CEO (8/16/12)
- Becker’s: Parkland Health names Robert Smith new interim CEO amid quality crisis (8/15/12)
- KERA: New name to lead troubled Parkland Hospital (8/15/12), with audio
- DMN: Parkland ousts interim CEO, hires for-profit hospital exec (8/15/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland hospital board ratifies Smith as interim CEO (8/15/12)
- DMN: Search firm gets unsolicited calls about Parkland Memorial Hospital CEO job (7/18/12)
- DMN: Parkland hires CEO search firm to replace Anderson (6/26/12)
- DMN: Parkland Memorial Hospital extends contract of interim chief (5/24/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland extends CEO's contract after lobbying campaign (5/24/12)
- DMN: Rating agency lowers outlook on Parkland debt to ‘negative’ (4/4/12)
- DMN Blogs: S&P credit ratings service warns investors about Parkland (4/4/12)
- DMN: Parkland hospital officials worry the public facility in Dallas may lose money this year (3/29/12)
- DMN: Parkland Memorial Hospital struggles with low morale, employee exodus (3/28/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland Hospital CEO search could take a year (3/22/12)
- DMN: Parkland board names its new leader and ponders CEO search (3/21/12)
- HealthLeaders Media: Parkland CEO 'committed' to lead through crisis (3/15/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland CEO: Transparency to the public will not help correct problems (2/27/12)
- DMN Blogs: UT System on Parkland: 'Errors will occasionally occur' (2/15/12)
- DMN Blogs: Parkland CEO refuses to discuss critical safety report (2/15/12)
- CBS-11: Parkland CEO defends not releasing Taxpayer-funded performance report (2/9/12), with video
- DMN Blogs: 'We will be transparent even when it hurts,' new Parkland CEO says, even as hospital lawyers keep trying to withhold records about employees (12/6/11)
- Becker’s: Former Christus CEO named interim CEO at Parkland Health in Dallas (11/29/12)
- NBC-5: Parkland has new, temporary leadership (11/29/11)
- KERA: New Chief At Parkland Hospital (11/28/11), with audio
- DMN: Q&A: Incoming CEO shares views on Parkland’s problems (11/28/11)
- Dallas Observer: As Parkland Hospital Selects Interim CEO, It Also Decides What to Do With Ron Anderson (11/28/11)
- Modern Healthcare: Parkland names Dr. Thomas Royer interim CEO (11/28/11)
- DMN: Interim CEO, psychiatric ER among items before Parkland hospital board today (11/22/11)
- DMN: Parkland hospital board delays decision on interim CEO (11/11/11)
- DMN: 3 finalists for Parkland’s interim chief have had problems or disputes in past jobs (11/10/11)
- DMN: Parkland agrees to federal oversight to avert funding cutoff (9/28/11)
- WFAA: Dallas commissioners to Parkland execs: No pay raise or bonuses (9/20/11), with video
- DMN Blogs: Parkland hospital board to meet about Dr. Ron Anderson again tonight; he issues memo saying he remains CEO till Dec. 31 unless 'told otherwise' (9/13/11)
- DMN: Parkland board gradually decided that hospital CEO Anderson had to go (9/10/11)
- NBC-5: Parkland to negotiate to keep Medicare (9/9/11)
- CBS-11: Parkland prevents loss of Medicare funding (9/9/11), with video
- KERA: Parkland agrees to outside consultants as condition for federal funding (9/9/11)
- Modern Healthcare: UT Southwestern settles Parkland upcoding case (9/2/11)
- NBC-5: Feds end Parkland Hospital Medicare billing probe (9/2/11)
- CBS-11: Feds end Parkland Hospital Medicare billing probe (9/1/11)
- Dallas Observer: Doc's Whistleblowing Results in Parkland, UT Southwestern Paying $1.4 Million to Feds (9/1/11)
- DMN: UTSW must pay $1.4 million in settlement with federal, state officials (9/1/11)
- Modern Healthcare: Parkland to replace Anderson as CEO (8/31/11)
- CBS-11: Anderson out as CEO of Parkland Hospital (8/31/11)
- DMN Editorials: Editorial: Parkland board right to remove CEO and can't stop there (8/31/11)
- DMN: Removal of Parkland CEO Ron Anderson brings criticism and praise (8/31/11)
- DMN: Parkland Hospital leader is out, board of managers decides (8/30/11)
- DMN Blogs: Breaking news: Dr. Ron Anderson's tenure as Parkland Memorial Hospital's CEO ending (8/30/11)
- Modern Healthcare: Parkland may lose Medicare eligibility (8/11/11)
- FierceHealthcare: Dallas commissioners don't care that Parkland Memorial lied to Medicare (8/31/10)
- WFAA: Surgeon says Parkland ER is dangerously understaffed (10/2/08), with video
- East Bay Express: Secrets and lies (9/26/07) flag!
- Oakland Tribune: County seeks to dismiss fraud suit (3/18/07) flag!