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Parkland Hospital Unveils New Statue Of Former CEO Ron Anderson

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The Dr. Ron Anderson statue is 7 1/2-feet tall and made of silicon bronze.

The new Parkland Hospital, which opens next week, unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Dr. Ron Anderson today.

Credit BJ Austin / KERA News
Parkland CEO Fred Cerise and Sue Ann Anderson, widow of former Parkland CEO Ron Anderson, were at the unveiling of the statue in the lobby of the new Parkland Hospital, which opens Thursday.

  Anderson was the longtime Parkland CEO who died last year. Parkland Foundation President David Krause says it’s a fitting tribute. He says the vision of a new Parkland started many years ago with Anderson.

“It’s remarkable,” Krause said. “He’s smiling down and it looks just like him. And if you look in his left hand, he’s got the blueprints for New Parkland. So it says it all.”

Anderson led Parkland for 29 years. He died last September. 

His bronze-silicon, 7 ½-foot tall statue stands in the lobby of the new Parkland Hospital and was a gift of the Ralph B. Rogers Foundation.   

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.