Lil Anderson, who retired as president and CEO of RiverStone Health in June 2011, is scheduled to receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Montana Health Care Providers on Thursday.
Anderson is credited with nurturing the growth of RiverStone Health from a local public health agency to a national model for providing health care services to Yellowstone County’s most vulnerable citizens.
Under her leadership, a Yellowstone City-County Health Department received funding for Montana’s first Community Health Center. The CHC, which opened in 1984 as Deering Clinic, now serves nearly 20,000 patients annually.
The clinic has expanded to sites in Bridger, Joliet, and Worden. In the early 1990s, the clinic established Health Care for the Homeless. In the late 1990s, Anderson expanded the Billings HCH program to reach Helena, Missoula and Butte. Under her direction, RiverStone Health also created the region’s first accredited hospice and home care services.
Today, RiverStone Health is the largest local public health agency in the state, providing more than 30 public health services and educational programs. It employs more than 330 workers and generates annual net revenues in excess of $31 million.
Anderson is a founder and past board chair of the Montana Primary Care Association, whose membership tries to bolster the safety net for Montana’s medically underserved populations.
Anderson is also a founding member of the Alliance, a consortium of health care leaders that tackles community health problems. The Alliance’s achievements include the collaborative community health assessment in 2005 and 2010 as well as creating and operating the Community Crisis Center, the first licensed outpatient mental health crisis intervention center in the state.
Recipients of the MHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award are selected based on their significant involvement and commitment to health care. The award was established in 2007, when Sen. Max Baucus became its first recipient.