After 12 years of service as the founding CEO and President of CHRISTUS Health, Thomas C. Royer, M.D. transitioned to the CEO-Emeritus role on March 1, 2011. In his twelve years with the organization, Dr. Royer led CHRISTUS Health through a remarkable period of growth, making it one of the ten largest Catholic health care systems in the country today. The international health system consists of 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities and multiple clinics, as well as a myriad of other health programs in more than 60 communities in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Georgia, Missouri, and Mexico. The system employs approximately 30,000 full and part-time associates and engages with 9,000 employed, contracted, and independent practitioners.

In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Dr. Royer was named as one of the Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare by Modern Physician Magazine. He was also named in 2010 to the Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of the 60 best leaders in hospitals and health systems. Additionally, in recognition of his outstanding work as a clinician, leader, and executive, Dr. Royer was awarded the American Hospital Association Lifetime Achievement Award and was made an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Physician Executives.

Before joining CHRISTUS Health, Dr. Royer served as an integral part of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation/ Wyman Park Medical Associates in Baltimore, and the Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Royer assisted in a challenging transition period for nine months in 2011-2012, as the interim CEO of the Parkland Health System, Dallas, TX. Dr. Royer is currently a Partner with Royer-Maddox-Herron Advisors.

Besides leading and operating major health systems, Dr. Royer has extensive experience in developing physician partnerships, focusing on providing measurable, high quality patient care, which is provided at affordable, lower costs.

Select Presentation Topics include:
Successful Transformation Strategies for the New Health Care Environment
The New Healthcare Environment: Implications for a Single Speciality Practice
The Group’s Brand – Is it Strong Enough?
The three Critical Individual Attributes for Physician and Administrative Leadership Success
A Framework for Successful Governance
Competencies and Processes required for Successful Leadership/Management Outcomes
Physicians’ Partnership, Integration, and Alignment
The Importance of a Strong Culture for Organizational Success
Strategies to Address a Financial Crisis
Potential Partnerships: The What, the Why, and the How
Acting Like a System – Is it Important
Aligned Incentives: Critical in all Contractural Arrangements
Equity or Employment Models: Is One Better than the Other?
The Importance of Effective Teaming for Group and Organizational Success
Physician and Staff Engagement – A Strategic Imperative
The Hospital of the Future
...and many more

Speaker Topics

  • Capital and Financial Planning
  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Health Care Reform
  • Hospital/Physician Relations and Clinical Integration
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues and Ethics
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Performance Improvement
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Service Excellence
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Issues

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator