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Modern Healthcare inducts two to Hall

By Dave Burda
Posted: March 19, 2012 - 4:00 pm ET

The roster of Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame grew to 92 Sunday night as two more healthcare luminaries were inducted into the hall at a ceremony and banquet at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This year's recipients are Howard Berman, the former president and CEO of Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Richard Davidson, the former president of the American Hospital Association.

More than 250 healthcare industry executives, dignitaries and guests attended the gala, including past Hall of Fame inductees Stanley Nelson, Robert Sigmond, Gail Warden and Stuart Wesbury. You can view a photo gallery of all inductees, including this year's recipients at

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Richard Davidson
Richard Davidson
Thomas Dolan, president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives, inducted Berman, whose emotional acceptance speech included criticism of the industry that he said was “seduced by the unfulfilled promise of competition” and stock offerings. Berman chairs the not-for-profit healthcare advocacy group Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care. Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA, inducted Davidson, who was unable to attend the event as he was recovering from recent hip replacement surgery. Andy Davidson, Richard Davidson's son and president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, accepted on behalf of his father. You can read profiles of Berman and Davidson in a special section of the March 19 issue of Modern Healthcare. You also can watch exclusive video interviews with Berman in today's edition of Live@ACHE. More Live@ACHE Coverage

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