Parkview Hospital CEO Named to USAO Hall of Fame
Note: This is the first of a four-part series on the distinguished individuals who will be honored by the USAO Alumni Association at this year's annual Homecoming on Nov. 5-7.
CHICKASHA -- Dr. Ron Anderson began his career caring for many patients each day. Now he oversees the care for thousands of patients a day and has become an advocate for health care for all people. Anderson will be honored this year as he is inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame during Alumni Homecoming at the University of Science and Arts Nov. 5-7.
Anderson will be honored along with fellow inductees Barbara Benton and Eugene Earsom and Young Alumni Award recipients Dr. Grant Evans and Brandon Pasley during the Nov. 6 ceremony. Homecoming registrations are being accepted for all alums and former students at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290 or online at usao.edu/alumni. Registration packages for the entire weekend are $50, which is an all-inclusive package that includes all meals.
Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas – one of the premier public hospitals in the United States and one of the largest. He attended the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (now USAO) from 1965-66 before finishing a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma.
Anderson came to Parkland to finish his internship in 1973. Now, 37 years later, he is still dedicated to the mission of helping the medically underserved. Anderson has served as an intern, medical director of ambulatory and emergency services and was named president and CEO of Parkland in 1982.
Anderson has long championed causes that improve health care for the medically underserved and, as a result, has become one of the nation’s leading advocates of health care for the poor.
Throughout his career, he has provided advice and experience to legislators from both parties regarding health care issues. He served on the National Health Policy Initiative to advise the White House on health care issues as well. Since 1992, he has served on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
Anderson holds a vision of health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, and his desire to see that happen have led to groundbreaking changes to the U.S. health care system. In 1985, he played a role in the passage of landmark legislation concerning indigent health care in Texas that banned “patient dumping.” Anderson became a national spokesperson on this issue and his work ultimately led to the passage of federal legislation signed into law in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.
Anderson is quick to credit any success at Parkland to the support of the Dallas county community and the hospital’s dedicated doctors, nurses and staff. He is a true believer in servant leadership and strives to set an example of leadership by serving others, whether they are patients or coworkers.