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John Colloton
Inducted in 2003


John Colloton
Inducted in 2003

Much like when Joe DiMaggio retired as a Yankee in 1951 and another future Hall-of-Famer, Mickey Mantle, joined the Bronx Bombers that same year, the University Hospitals and Clinics at the University of Iowa went from one Hall-of-Famer to the next when Colloton replaced Gerhard Hartman as director.

When Hartman retired in 1971, Colloton replaced his mentor and made it his mission to “bring a broad array of cutting-edge medical services to 3 million Iowans.” Colloton would change the system from one that offered 28-bed open wards segregated by patients’ ability to pay to one that offered the same class of care for all patients.

By 1993, he had tripled University Hospitals’ staff and saw patient visits hit 500,000, and 92% of those people were privately insured.




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