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Health Care Hall of Fame Inductees

Austin Ross
Inducted in 2010

Austin Ross
1929-
Inducted in 2010

Former colleagues at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, where Ross served as executive administrator, say he exerted his influence subtly but unmistakably on many fronts, perhaps most notably when coaxing the birth of the integrated delivery system and reaching out to both rural and inner-city providers.

Ross served at the Virginia Mason organization for more than three decades, first joining as an assistant administrator in 1955. He was named CEO of Virginia Mason Hospital in 1968 and became the top executive of the integrated network in 1977. He held that position until his retirement in 1991.

Ross enjoyed a second career as a professor of public health after his retirement from Virginia Mason. “I loved teaching. I feel it's so important to mentor people,” said Ross, who retired from teaching in 1999.

Of his six books and more than 50 articles, Ross’ most celebrated work is likely a textbook that he co-authored, Ambulatory Care Management, first published in 1984 and most recently updated in 1998, that's still used in universities across the country.

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