A common theme links this year's inductees to Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame. They are all innovators. Yet there is diversity within that common theme. Among the three inductees, one innovated in the practice of medicine; one in the morality and ethics of healthcare delivery; and one in the management of healthcare systems.
Health Care Hall of Fame - 2013
For Dr. Denton Cooley, the world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon who performed the first successful human heart transplant in the U.S. and founded the Texas Heart Institute, there are countless stories that extol his accomplishments, inventions and honors over a 60-year career. And then there are the lesser-known stories that capture Cooley as a benevolent man who has shown by example how to strive for excellence in the field of medicine while treating others with kindness and compassion.
In the late 1970s, shortly after giving up her post as head of the Catholic Hospital Association, Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub didn't seek another position at the pinnacle of healthcare administration. Instead, she threw herself into a campaign to provide healthcare for seasonal farmworkers in states such as Alabama, Florida and the Carolinas.
Consolidating hospitals and slashing a hospital's bed count were considered unusual decades ago in the once-sleepy world of the hospital industry. But Donald Wegmiller is one of the industry leaders who helped make such moves much more commonplace, and in the process helped to invent the integrated delivery system.
In addition to the three healthcare visionaries inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, 92 others have been inducted since its inception in 1988.Percy Allen IIInducted in 2011Robert M. “Bob” BallInducted in 1999Clara BartonInducted in 1993Karl BaysInducted in 2001Howard BermanInducted in 2012Nancy BrinkerInducted in 2007Ray E. BrownInducted in 1988Robin C. BuerkiInducted in 1989
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