Letter of Reference from Virinder Bhardwaj, MD
I have known Dr Royer since 1994 when Dr Royer was Chairman of Medical Group Board of Governors and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Henry Ford Health Care System in Detroit, Michigan.
During his tenure at HFHS, his visionary leadership, passion for patient care, and tireless service to the medical field made him the “darling” of medical staff. He was most popular and well respected and followed by all levels of HFHS employees.
Subsequent to that, his complete devotion to his leadership as CEO CHRISTUS Health lead the organization on a path to excellence, making it one of the 10 largest Catholic health care system in the US, as well as, Mexico.
He was named one of Most Power Physician Executives in health care by Modern Physician Magazine for three consecutive years in a row (2006-2008). In addition, in 2011 the American Hospital Association bestowed upon him it's highest honor - the Distinguished Service Award - for his more than four decades of relentless persuit of knowledge caring for patients, students, and health system operations and strategies. His simple way of living, generous nature ,and compassion has won hearts of patients and doctors alike. He and his family made many contributions to care for humanity which is demonstrated by his heading a team of doctors and nurses in Haiti during the fourth week following a recent earthquake. This speaks for his love for sick and needy, and proof of his great leadership abilities.
Last year I had the great honor to invite him to Tulare Medical Center in Tulare, California for a consultative visit. Again, here his knowledge of health care laws and regulations, communication skills, and power of persuasion were unmatched, and he quickly galvanized the whole community, Board, and medical staff around the necessary pathway for sustainable success. Dr. Royer is always generous with his time and counsel, and never too busy to pause to help. I'm honored to know and call him my friend. For me, and many others, he is my hero.
I'm proud to know that he is starting the consulting firm, Royer -Maddox -Herron Advisors. we need his expertise and that of his partners during this most challenging time in healthcare.
Virinder K. Bhardwaj
Chief of Urology
Sierra View Health System