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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

John Anderson

John Anderson

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement.

“John has earned this position by working his way up through the ranks over the past 25 years, through his dedication to Anderson Regional Medical Center, and because of his integrity and strong faith,” Dr. Anderson continued.

“It’s humbling and uplifting to know I am continuing the mission and legacy set forth in 1928 by my grandfather, Dr. Jeff Anderson,  who worked tirelessly and gave everything to serve and heal the people of our region,” John Anderson commented.  “He set the gold standard that I will continue to uphold.

“I will be working with our team of extraordinary physicians, staff and volunteers, as well as our patient community, to build on the state and national reputation of excellence Anderson has already established, and make us the destination of choice for premier health care,” John Anderson said.

A national executive search firm and a diverse search committee led the charge to select Anderson’s new CEO.  The search committee was led by long time board member, Jan Farrington, along with two community representatives, three physician representatives, and one staff representative.  The search committee carefully reviewed the resumes of numerous, qualified executives from across the nation, and they conducted many interviews to ensure their recommendation to the Board was the best choice for the Anderson system.

“Finding a President and CEO to lead our changing and growing organization was a challenging task.  Every person the search committee interviewed for the position was top notch, but there was one name that continued to rise to the surface, and that was John,” Dr.  Joe Anderson said.

Anderson has served as Interim CEO since August 2014.  Anderson was first named as a Vice President in 1990, with additional responsibilities as Vice President of Operations from 2008-2011.  In 2011, Anderson was named Vice President and Administrator of Anderson Regional Medical Center- South, roles he continued to fulfill during his time as Interim CEO.

Prior to joining the Anderson system in 1990, Anderson served as Assistant Administrator of Tift Regional Medical Center and CEO of Tift Regional Foundation, Tifton, Georgia, as well as Assistant Administrator, Brookwood Medical Center, Homewood, Alabama.

Anderson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.   He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and he has a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Anderson is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA), the MHA Legislative Action Committee, and he is a board member of East Central Healthnet.Anderson is a past Board President and Campaign Chair for the United Way of East Mississippi. He currently serves as Board President for the Mississippi Industry for the Developmentally Disabled‐Meridian Division.

Anderson and his wife, Debra, have four children, Kristen, John, Casey, and Jen, and seven grandchildren.  John and Debra are active members of First Baptist Church in Meridian.

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Medical Center is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.


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