Herbert A. Anderson, a past president of the Connecticut Hospital Association, died in San Mateo, Calif., on Feb. 17. Anderson, 78, suffered a stroke, his daughter-in-law said.
According to Den-nis May, Anderson's successor and current president, Anderson led the association from 1964 to 1979. During his tenure, the Medi-care and Medicaid programs were enacted, the Connecticut association helped develop America's first prospective payment experiment, and the state created its certificate-of-need and rate regulation systems, May said.
The association "grew both in the services delivered to members and in stature during his tenure," May said.
A Duluth, Minn., native, Anderson received his bachelor's degree and a master's in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota. From 1951 to 1964, he was administrator of Lincoln (Neb.) General Hospital.
In 1955, he served as the elected president of the Nebraska Hospital Association, now called the Nebraska Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. That year, the association hired its first paid staff, said current President Harlan M. Heald. Anderson also headed the now-defunct Midwest Hospital Association, which was later renamed the Midwest Health Congress.
From 1970 to 1973, Anderson represented Connecticut as a regent for the American College of Hospital Administrators, now the American College of Healthcare Executives, and served the American Hospital Association in several roles, according to the Connecticut Hospital Association.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Ruth, four children and eight grandchildren.