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GETTING TO KNOW: Fred Rankin
FULL NAME: Fred Rankin
Where did you grow up and go to school/college? I grew up in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from Firestone High School, I went to Dartmouth College, graduating with a bachelor of arts in 1973. Then I went to the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, graduating with a master’s degree in public health in 1978.
What attracted you to the healthcare field? I grew up in a family of physicians. My dad and grandfather were physicians. It was kind of pre-ordained that I would follow in their footsteps.
How long have you been working in the healthcare field and in what roles? I have been working in healthcare since my college years. During my summer breaks, I worked as a surgical orderly and a surgical technician at the Cleveland Clinic, and then between college and graduate school I worked as a surgical technician at Akron City Hospital.
What have been some of the biggest changes in the field during your career? When I was a first-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, one of the first questions we were asked was: Is healthcare a right or a privilege? I believe this question was at the core of the many and varied healthcare changes I have seen over my career. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the Supreme Court’s upholding of that law in 2012, I believe that we as a society have now answered that question. The healthcare industry is now faced with the daunting task of implementing this societal decision.
How long have you been with MWHC/MediCorp and in what roles? I have had the privilege of working at Mary Washington Healthcare since October 1992. I was first hired as the president of Mary Washington Hospital, and then in 1995 I was asked to be the CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare (formerly MediCorp Health System).
What do you like about the Fredericksburg region? If I would pick one attribute, it would be the vibrancy of the region. It is proud of its heritage, and it has a vision for its future.
Family? I have been blessed to have been married to a wonderful woman, Barbara Rankin. We will celebrate our 40th anniversary this December. We have three children: Genny Rankin, who lives in Charlottesville, Allison Rankin Cabaniss, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Philip Rankin, who is a Naval Corpsman stationed in Sicily, Italy. We are expecting our first grandchild in February.
Hobbies? My job is a demanding one, but I do try to find time for recreation. I do a fair amount of volunteer work, such as serving on the boards of Micah Ministries and the Rappahannock United Way. Barbara and I love the outdoors. We like to hike and ride our bicycles. I also love to sing, so I have been singing in the Fredericksburg Baptist Church’s Sanctuary Choir and Mixed Ensemble, and have recently joined a Low-Voice Ensemble.
Something most people don’t know about you?
When I was in college, I rode a Harley–Davidson motorcycle.
—As told to Bill Freehling