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

BJ Austin, KERA

“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.  

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.