Rural Kansas hospital leader will address Drury graduates at May commencement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 24, 2019 — Kearny County Hospital CEO Benjamin Anderson will return to his alma mater to address Drury University graduates of the College of Continuing Professional Studies and the College of the Graduate Studies during a commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Kearny County Hospital is a comprehensive rural health care delivery complex in Lakin, Kansas, that serves patients of 30 nationalities within a 180-mile radius. Anderson is a recognized leader in transforming rural health care through a missional approach to recruiting physicians to underserved areas. 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 and a Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

“Ben is an incredible example of an alumnus living out his values and making his chosen place in the world better through his work,” says Aaron Jones, vice president of University Relations at Drury. “We are particularly proud to have him speak to our evening and online graduates, many of whom hail from rural communities in the region and around the country.”

Anderson will speak at the first of two Drury commencement ceremonies of the weekend. Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, will address graduates of the traditional residential day school on Saturday.


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