The late Sen. Edward Kennedy and healthcare executive and educator Austin Ross have been chosen as the latest inductees into Modern Healthcare
's Health Care Hall of Fame.
Senator Edward Kennedy
Kennedy, who served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years, was a long-time advocate of national healthcare reform until his death at age 77 last August from brain cancer. Kennedy consistently pushed for ways to improve the healthcare system, particularly to make it more accessible to the poor and uninsured.
Ross, 80, was the executive administrator of what is now known as Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle from 1977 until his retirement in 1991. During that same period, he simultaneously was a clinical professor in the department of health services at the University of Washington.
Kennedy and Ross will be profiled in the March 22 issue of Modern Healthcare
. And, they will be honored at a ceremony March 21 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2010 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Kennedy and Ross will be the 86th and 87th inductees, respectively, into the Health Care Hall of Fame since its creation in 1988.
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