Long­time Park­land leader Dr. Ron An­der­son dead at 68

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Dr. Ron An­der­son, the long­time leader of Park­land Health & Hos­pi­tal Sys­tem who was re­mem­bered for his ef­forts to ex­pand health­care ac­cess to un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties, died Thurs­day from can­cer. He was 68.

An­der­son was named the Dal­las sys­tem’s pres­i­dent and CEO in 1982 and served in that role for 29 years. He pre­vi­ously was med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Park­land’s emer­gency depart­ment and out­pa­tient clinic.

His first foray into the pub­lic health spot­light came in the mid-1980s, when he spoke out against the prac­tice of “pa­tient dump­ing” —or trans­fer­ring med­i­cally un­sta­ble, unin­sured pa­tients from pri­vate to pub­lic hos­pi­tals. Those ef­forts led to Texas ban­ning the prac­tice in 1986.

An­der­son made five ap­pear­ances on Mod­ern Health­care’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care rank­ing. In 2005, he also topped Mod­ern Health­care’s 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives rank­ing.

Com­mu­nity health cen­ters are slated to re­ceive $295 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing in an ef­fort to ex­pand ac­cess to pri­mary-care ser­vices to more than a mil­lion new pa­tients.

HHS Sec­re­tary Sylvia Mathews Bur­well an­nounced Fri­day that grants have been awarded to 1,195 health cen­ters in ev­ery state, as well as the Dis­trict of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands, with a goal of adding more than 4,750 staff to help cen­ters serve an ad­di­tional 1.5 mil­lion new pa­tients. In ad­di­tion to pri­mary care, the grants are in­tended to ex­pand ac­cess to den­tal and be­hav­ioral-health­care ser­vices. The fund­ing marks the last big round of grant awards this fis­cal year un­der a pro­vi­sion of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act.


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