The Hoblitzelle Foundation has honored retiring Parkland Health & Hospital System leader Dr. Ron Anderson with a $100,000 gift to Southwestern Medical Foundation. The gift will endow the Ron Anderson, M.D., Professorship in Clinical Care and Education at Parkland Memorial Hospital, which will support the work of a faculty physician practicing at Parkland who shares the values and commitment of Dr. Anderson.
“We wanted to honor Ron Anderson for his longtime service to Parkland and its patients and to recognize his great devotion to the medical care of the underserved,” said William T. Solomon, chairman of the Hoblitzelle Foundation. “He has played a unique role in his stewardship of charity care in our community, and his dedication to the people of Dallas remains a true inspiration. We hope that this professorship will not only enhance many of the programs Dr. Anderson has set in motion, but will also encourage others to show their gratitude and respect to him with additional contributions.”
Dr. Anderson is the former president and CEO of Parkland, a position he held for nearly three decades. Since November 2011 he has served as senior consultant to Parkland’s CEO.
He began his career in Dallas after earning a medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1973. He became the CEO of Parkland in 1982, which, under his leadership, grew to become one of the largest and most well-regarded public hospitals in the country.
“I am moved by the graciousness of this honor and am ever grateful to the Hoblitzelle Foundation for its ongoing investment in medical care and education at Parkland and UT Southwestern,” said Dr. Anderson, whose vision of health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, has led to groundbreaking changes to the U.S. health care system. “This contribution will be a great asset as we search for new ways to reach and treat vulnerable populations throughout our community.”
In 1985 Dr. Anderson played a major role in the passage of landmark legislation in Texas that banned “patient dumping,” the practice of transferring medically unstable and uninsured patients to another hospital. Dr. Anderson quickly became a national spokesperson on this issue, and his work helped lead to the passage of federal legislation signed into law in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University, the American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor and the American Public Health Association Award for Excellence. In 2005 he was chosen by his peers as the most powerful physician executive for Modern Physician magazine and as the most powerful person in health care for Modern Healthcare magazine. He has served on the National Health Policy Initiative to advise the White House on health care issues and on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured since 1992. A professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern, he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine in 1997.
The Hoblitzelle Foundation, established by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle in 1942, makes grants to educational, scientific, cultural and other charitable organizations in Texas. Together with Dr. Edward Cary, Mr. Hoblitzelle helped establish Southwestern Medical College in 1943, and he gave the land for the original 60-acre site of UT Southwestern’s campus adjacent to Parkland. Mr. Hoblitzelle was a co-founder of Southwestern Medical Foundation and served as its president from 1953 to 1962 and as chairman of the board until his death in 1968. Mr. Solomon currently serves as chairman of Southwestern Medical Fondation.
Over the years, the Hoblitzelle Foundation has contributed more than $12 million to UT Southwestern. Previous gifts supported UT Southwestern’s acclaimed Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science, helped equip the T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building and the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building, and helped construct the Karl Hoblitzelle Clinical Science Building, among many other projects.