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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Dec 30, 2019

On today’s episode, we sit down with Ellen Anderson, Director of Government Relations at Community Health Systems.

Although Ellen did not come from a political family, political conversations with her grandfather sparked her interest in pursuing a career in government.

Community Health Systems is one of the nation's biggest hospital management companies, operating 106 acute care hospitals in 18 states.

  • Ellen is a first-generation American - both of her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Chile
  • Majored in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of Central Florida
  • Interned for the Florida House of Representatives as a legislative aide
  • Became Florida State Senator Nan Rich’s Legislative Aide where she focused on children's issues and healthcare
  • Ellen went to work for the Florida Hospital Association after Sen. Rich left office in 2012
  • In 2013 Ellen was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Cabinet for Children and Youth
  • In 2015, Ellen joined Community Health Systems where she currently serves as the Director of Government Relations

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