3 The Hard Way – August 31, 2011

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August 31, 2011

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by Shawn

PARKLAND CEO GETS THE BOOT

Well it looks like it all finally caught up with Parkland CEO Ron Anderson. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Parkland’s Board of Directors has decided to replace Dr. Anderson after 29 years as the company’s CEO. Speaking of The News and Parkland, the hospital has been front page news in our front page daily for a while now.

The most recent troubles have come after a poor report from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. I believe that there have been egregious errors made at Parkland. Some of them are probably enough to get a CEO fired and 29 years in that position is probably long enough.

But the stories I’m seeing it the paper are not putting those problems in proper context. D Magazine editor Tim Rogers wrote a piece for FrontBurner yesterday, Parkland’s Woes Not as Bad as Morning News Wants You To Believe. I agree with much of what Tim writes. I’ll put my own spin on it having covered the hospital as a pharmaceutical sales rep, but you have rarely seen Parkland compared to hospitals with its same mission.

The highlights of Tim’s piece are a DMN sub headline: National Health Experts Say Critical Report on Parkland Is Rare and Significant.

A DMN question asked of Mark McClellan about the critical report: How often do government regulators issue a highly critical evaluation….

An answer from McClellan within the story not related to evaluations: Cutting a hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid funding is rare.

And a written response from McClellan sent to Tim to clarify his statement: Corrective action plans are not rare. McClellan goes on to say the ultimate sanction is rare.

And we recently learned that Methodist Dallas received a Parkland-like warning from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Will that make for compelling reporting and front page news? I doubt it.

OAK CLIFF CHILD KICKED OFF SCHOOL BUS

The mother of a first grader at Whitney Young Elementary in Oak Cliff says her special needs son was kicked off a school bus. Natelie Solis of MyFoxDFW.com reports that the 6 year old was let off the bus at Camp Wisdom Road and Lancaster which is 3 mile from the school.

CARLA RANGER BACK ON JOB SHE NEVER LEFT

I received a tip early Friday that Carla Ranger was going to resign. It turned out that tip was 100% accurate, and Ms. Ranger had posted a resignation letter to her blog. Then on Tuesday I received a business as usual sort email from Ms. Ranger as a reminder of Tuesday’s special meeting about 4-Year Trustee terms.

My first thought was that her resignation must not take hold until September 1st but I did wonder so I put in some calls. Well Ms. Ranger never officially resigned because she never provided the board with written notice. And she said the community was “overwhelming in their request for me to stay,” so she’s staying.

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