Ron Anderson, president and chief executive officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, said he agreed to a contract that gives him the option of finishing his career at the 806-bed system. Anderson, 60, a physician, agreed to a two-year term with the option of extending the contract for three more years until he turns 65. He has served in the position since January 1982. The agreement includes a base salary of $555,000; an additional 35% in incentives for meeting performance standards; and a $700 monthly car allowance. In the past year, Parklands chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief medical officer left for other positions. The system has filled the COO and CFO slots but is still searching for a chief medical officer. The system also is working on a strategic plan for a replacement hospital and plans to submit the plan to county commissioners in the spring. Several Parkland board members tried to oust Anderson in 2004, but he held on to his position. In 2005, readers of Modern Physician, a sister publication to Modern Healthcare, voted Anderson the most powerful physician executive in healthcare. He said his job has been a sometimes difficult political ride. -- by Jessica Zigmond
Anderson to stay at Parkland
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