Texas News
2:08 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Former Parkland Hospital CEO Wants To Write A New Rx For Dallas County

“I would like to spend my last years finding a way that’s not 'hospital'”.

Dr. Ron Anderson spent 29 years as CEO of Parkland Hospital.  Now, he wants to create a new collaborative effort to keep people healthy and out of hospitals.

Anderson wants to create the Dallas County Community Health Institute. He calls it a move from traditional healthcare to public health.

“I think that’s where reform in the nation has failed,” Anderson said. “Because it’s not really paid attention to things we can prevent. That’s the cheapest.  Prevention is always better than a cure.  That was said in the 15th century, and I believe that. And so that’s what I’d like to spend some time doing.”

The institute would be a collaborative effort that would tackle issues like health care access, education, job creation, transportation, and public health programs. The focus would be prevention and the goal would be to create a healthier community without having to go to the hospital.  

Interview with Dr. Ron Anderson: keeping people healthy rather than treating them; boosting public health initiatives in Dallas County, which lags behind.