As the US grapples with how to develop sustainable legislation that optimizes health outcomes for all citizens, communities face additional challenges. First, insurers are still largely paying for high-cost inpatient and emergency services with very little investment in population health. Consequently, healthcare delivery systems often lack the basic primary care and community-based infrastructure to properly manage the health of their populations. Through a series of stories from a frontier hospital in one of the most culturally diverse and medically underserved areas in the United States, Anderson describes barriers to equity in health care and offers practical, applicable tools toward effective and sustainable equity in health care delivery.
Benjamin Anderson, MBA, MHCDS
Chief Executive Officer
Kearny County Hospital
Benjamin Anderson is CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and comprehensive health complex that serves patients of 30 nationalities within a 180-mile radius. Anderson is a recognized leader in transforming rural health care through a missional approach to recruiting physicians to underserved areas. Kearny County Hospital is now at the forefront of innovations in health care delivery to improve care to underserved populations. Anderson has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s Rising Star list of health care leaders under 40 and one of Modern Healthcare’s 2014 Up and Comers.