Royer appeared to have free rein. In a recent interview he detailed for HealthLeaders Media some of the changes he had recently implemented, including the hiring of an implementation officer, John Beall, to make sure the SIA stays on track.
However, Beall's tenure was short lived. Within days Royer announced Beall's departure saying "after further deliberation with the board of managers and our consultants at Alvarez & Marsal, we collectively came to the conclusion that Parkland would be better served by engaging a consulting expert in project management. Mr. Beall informed me that this was not the position he desired and some members of the board simultaneously expressed the view that, given this change, we should examine other applicants."
In a statement, Royer downplayed the episode as "a regrettable distraction," but the misstep was noted.
County commissioners contacted by HealthLeaders Media declined to directly comment on Dr. Royer's performance or the Beall situation. In an e-mail statement Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins would say only "I am committed to working with all Parkland leaders to help Parkland Hospital successfully complete its action plan and come out of the system improvement agreement as a safe, compliant hospital and stronger institution."
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