Parkland Memorial Hospital's board of managers announced Monday that Dr. Fred Cerise is the finalist for chief executive officer of the Dallas County facility. Cerise, 51, is associate dean for clinical affairs at Louisiana State University but previously headed LSU's statewide public hospital system. "We had three great candidates and, obviously, this was one of the toughest decisions any of the Board members had to make," said Debbie D. Branson, Parkland board chairwoman. "Dr. Cerise is going to bring a lot of experience and fresh energy to this position." The Parkland board has not finalized Cerise's contract, including how much he will be paid and when he will start the job in Dallas.