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Richard A. Anderson

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President and Chief Executive Off...

St. Luke's University Health Network
St. Luke
801 Ostrum St.
Bethlehem , Pennsylvania 18015
United States

Company Description: St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus | St. Luke's University Health Network | Coaldale, Pennsylvania
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Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • master's degree , public health
    University of Pittsburgh
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CEO Rick Anderson leads St. Luke's University Health Network through three decades of change in the health care industry.
CEO Rick Anderson leads St. Luke's University Health Network through three decades of change in the health care industry.
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Richard A. Anderson stepped out of the white tent packed with public officials, hospital administrators and doctors on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony, and took in the scene before him on a sunny late-April afternoon.
Bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks were already kicking up clouds of dust in the distance, clearing and leveling land for construction of a new St. Luke's University Health Network hospital: an $80 million, 180,000-square-foot, four-story facility on 41 acres in Stroud Township, Monroe County.
Back in the tent, Anderson was patted on the back and congratulated. When it came time to plant a ceremonial spade into the dirt, he knew what to do. He'd done it before.
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Richard Anderson President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke's University Health Network looks out on the work underway at St Luke's Hospital-Monroe Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday in Bartonsville. Photo taken on April 29, 2015. Richard Anderson President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke's University Health Network looks out on the work underway at St Luke's Hospital-Monroe Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday in Bartonsville.
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Anderson, who goes by Rick, will mark his 30th anniversary at St. Luke's on Wednesday. Having held the title of president or CEO, or both, for 29 of those 30 years, he is among a handful of the longest-serving top health care executives nationally.
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With Anderson at the helm, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital with an annual budget of $73 million to a diversified health care organization with more than $1 billion in revenues and 9,000 employees, making it the second-biggest employer in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to its six hospitals with just over 1,000 beds, it comprises 160 outpatient care practices. And this year, it graduated the inaugural class of its medical school, operated in partnership with Temple University School of Medicine.
"All those things - that's not luck," said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, St. Luke's senior vice president of medical and academic affairs, who has worked under Anderson since Anderson arrived at St. Luke's.
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Anderson, then 38, took the job of chief operating officer at St. Luke's at the very moment the 420-bed hospital in Fountain Hill was joining forces with the 147-bed Muhlenberg Hospital on the other side of Bethlehem, to form Horizon Health System. Essentially Horizon, the brainchild of then-St.
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It gave Rick the opportunity to really run the [Fountain Hill] campus right from day one because Koughan was out there trying to establish a network."
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Anderson, a western Pennsylvania plumber's son who earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, had long been preparing for such a role. He had come to St. Luke's from Staten Island Hospital in New York, where he was a senior associate director. Before that, he had served as CEO and president of the 105-bed Canonsburg General Hospital in Washington County.
In July 1986, Anderson was officially promoted to president of St. Luke's - a job he'd been doing in an unofficial capacity since Koughan had taken on the title of Horizon CEO.
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Said Anderson: "It wasn't accomplishing the goals that were envisioned ... probably because the leadership was unseasoned - and that includes me."
In 1997, Muhlenberg Hospital would be acquired by LVHN. A decade after that, LVHN expanded Muhlenberg, constructing a seven-story building. And last week, LVHN announced plans for yet another expansion, which will add a four-story building and birthing center.
Over time, Anderson said, he has come to accept losing Muhlenberg Hospital to LVHN.
"Things happen for a reason," he said. "And that was probably the right thing for the community."
St. Luke's Horizon experiment may have ended in disappointment, but it also provided Anderson and his management team with valuable experience they would put to good use.
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Longtime friends and colleagues describe Anderson as an excellent raconteur with a great sense of humor. He enjoys an off-color joke as much as anyone. A red button on his office conference table is a case in point. Punch it and a tinny electronic voice announces, "Bullshit level defcon five."
And he has a soft side. In his office is a lovingly rendered antique portrait of a dog that resembled his own, Abigail, before she died - which was shortly after he sneaked the ailing wire fox terrier, under his coat, into the hospital for an ultrasound to see if she could somehow be saved.
At his core, those who know him say, he is also a fierce competitor who learned about hard work and its rewards in the pool, where he earned three varsity letters as a swimmer at the University of Illinois.
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When Anderson arrived in the Lehigh Valley in the 1980s, the area wasn't known for quality health care, recalled Mike Caruso, founder of Caruso Benefits, now a subsidiary of National Penn Bancshares in Allentown.
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Anderson started off leading a single, medium-size hospital. Then he became the head of a small health network and, over time, an increasingly larger network.
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You deal with that," Anderson said. "But the toughest part was hearing it for the first time and thinking: Oh my God."
While Anderson and his peers were trying to digest the news, victims' families, who had put their faith in the hospitals, were in disbelief that Cullen's deeds could have gone undetected for so long. St. Luke's eventually reached a confidential court settlement with the five families.
During this tumultuous time, St. Luke's was expanding its footprint in west Allentown over the protests of residents, who weren't keen on the planned demolition and construction. Anderson remained focused, navigating St. Luke's through the controversies as he oversaw the $70 million project.
As for how Anderson achieved such longevity in an industry where the average CEO tenure is five-and-a-half years - that's a matter of personality, values and acumen.
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Anderson describes himself as a delegator. But he's not exactly hands-off, either. He pushes those around him to excel.
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Jahre said Anderson is loyal but his loyalty is not unconditional.
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Anderson, who lives in Lower Saucon Township, is married and has an adult daughter, thinks of St. Luke's as an extended family, Jahre said.
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During the height of the financial crisis and recession, Jahre recalled, Anderson took great pride in managing St. Luke's finances in a way that did not require layoffs.
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It was at this time that Anderson would make one of his boldest plays. Banks were failing. Businesses were folding. The ranks of the unemployed were surging. The end to the historic slide was nowhere in sight. But Anderson moved forward with plans to build a $200 million, 100-plus-bed hospital on Route 33 in Bethlehem Township.
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"That was a spontaneous gift of gratitude by the board," Jahre said of the decision to name the campus after Anderson.
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"[Anderson] called me the next day," Martin recalled.
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At 68, Anderson - whose compensation and benefits package was $2.185 million in 2012, the most recent year it was publicly available - is not talking of retirement.
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Asked about Sussman's assessment, Anderson parried: "There are others who say - me specifically - health care is a local business. It's really personal. It's between you and your physician.
"The right size depends on your market," he said.
After three decades of growth, Anderson thinks St. Luke's is well positioned for its future in the Lehigh Valley.
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"We are going to provide world-class health care to this community," St. Luke's University Health Network CEO Rick Anderson said at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Stroud Township.
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"St. Luke's is honored that Dr. Daly has agreed to serve on our Board of Trustees," said Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network.
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