Parkland Hospital's new CEO said he's ready to get started on improving public health care in Dallas County.
Dr. Frederick Cerise made his first public appearance in Dallas Monday morning.
"There's plenty of work to do in Dallas County," he said.
Cerise has 18 years of experience. He was most recently an associate dean for clinical affairs at Louisiana State University.
After Hurricane Katrina, he oversaw the financial turnaround of the interim New Orleans Hospital, which replaced the public hospital destroyed in the storm.
He was named the lone finalist for the Parkland job in February.
"We looked for someone who viewed the job with passion rather than for a pay check," said Debbie Branson, chair of the Parkland Board of Managers.
Cerise already has a series of town hall meetings across the county scheduled.
"I won't be saying a lot. I'll be doing a lot of listening to hear what the people in the community have to say," he said.
He replaces Dr. Ron Anderson, who stepped down in 2011 after nearly 30 years.
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