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Former AHA chair, Hall of Fame member Lachner dies


Posted: November 7, 2005 - 12:01 am ET
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Bernard Lachner, former American Hospital Association chairman and a 1998 inductee into the Modern Healthcare Health Care Hall of Fame, died Friday at his home in Arizona at age 77. Lachner led Evanston (Ill.) Hospital, now part of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. Before his arrival, the hospital had not turned a profit in its 100-year history. Lachner helped develop the graduate program in health services management at Ohio State University and played a leadership role in several industry associations, including AHA chairman in 1981. The son of a cardiac surgeon and railroad physician, he was described by friends as humble, charismatic and forward-thinking. "All of the industry accolades apply, but he was also one of the most caring people I ever met," said Ronald Spaeth, president of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation. "He was a good-hearted person, as well as a giant in the field. He was like a father to me." -- by Mark Taylor

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