Griffin Award Honors Larry Anderson for Healthcare Leadership
Larry S. Anderson is the recipient of the 2017 Dale G. Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award, recognized for his lifetime of healthcare service.
The Griffin honors exemplary contributions to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in the Battle Creek area. Anderson is the first healthcare administrator to receive the award.
“Larry has been unique in the breadth of his healthcare influence in Battle Creek,” says Jim McKernan, Bronson Battle Creek chief operating officer. “He impacted the quality and service of hospital care, literally created and advanced our ambulance and emergency services capabilities, and has left a positive legacy on the community health of Calhoun County.”
“You can be a leader – Larry was that. You can lead leaders – Larry did that. But few can accomplish the next level – preparing other leaders to lead,” says Ron Slagle, LifeCare Ambulance CEO.
Anderson was chosen for the award due to his service in both a professional and volunteer capacity. His career includes administrative leadership at Leila Hospital, Battle Creek Health System, and LifeCare Ambulance. His volunteer and governance work spans the community and includes the Calhoun County Board of Health, American Ambulance Association, and service as president of Rotary Club of Battle Creek during its centennial year.
The award is named after Dale Griffin, a longtime healthcare trustee and community leader who died in 2001. To honor his work and legacy, the Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award was created and is presented each year to recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality and accessibility of health care in the Battle Creek community. The sixteen winners since 2011 have included community leaders, healthcare trustees, and long-serving physicians. Last year’s winner was Dr. B. Douglas Campbell.
The Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award was presented by Jim McKernan, Bronson Battle Creek chief operating officer, during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Battle Creek.