Benjamin Anderson was formerly Vice President for Rural Health and Hospitals at the Colorado Hospital Association, where he provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of the Association's rural strategies, advocates on behalf of rural hospitals and health systems and works to develop strategic partnerships with organizations that affect the health of rural Americans.
Prior to joining CHA, Benjamin served as CEO of Kearny County Hospital a comprehensive rural health care delivery complex in Lakin, Kan. that serves patients of 30 nationalities within a 180-mile radius. Anderson is a recognized leader in transforming rural health care through a mission-driven approach to recruiting physicians to underserved areas, tying together domestic and international service. Kearny County Hospital is now at the forefront of innovations in health care delivery to improve care to underserved U.S. populations and his work was recently recognized on CBS Sunday Morning, and in POLITICO and Sports Illustrated.
Anderson was 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. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (2004) and a Master of Business Administration (2007) from Drury University in Springfield, Mo. and a Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Nov. 29 Chancellor Ballroom/Loyalty Room
Health systems are challenged with ensuring the vitality of their organizations and success requires mission-driven and capable transformational leadership. Navigating ever-changing regulatory requirements and reimbursement models, growing workforce challenges, and deepening health disparities requires leaders to accurately diagnose these problems and develop creative and collaborative ways to solve them. In this session, Benjamin will provide practical tools that will guide leaders to continue to promote equitable systems that improve the health outcomes of patients and communities.
Advancing Rural Health Equity through Transformational Leadership
Burnout and Healing – Moving Beyond the Pandemic
When a person exhibits noticeable declines in work performance, attitude, and interactions with others, their colleagues and organizations are often quick to blame, punish, or even terminate employment. Some employers intuitively connect these behavior changes to signs of burnout or emotional injury and offer individual coping resources, such as breathing exercises or courses in mindfulness and work-life balance. These efforts, while well-intended and important, can seem hurtful if the causes of burnout are structural as well as individual. In this session, Benjamin Anderson will use true stories of heroism and despair to humanize the impact of emotional injury and offer simple tools for structural changes that lead to recovery.