Frank Groner, president emeritus of the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis, Tenn., died April 17 at his home in Memphis. He was 82.
Mr. Groner was inducted as a member of MODERN HEALTHCARE's Health Care Hall of Fame in 1988.
He served as CEO of the Baptist system's flagship hospital, Baptist Memorial, from 1946 until his retirement in 1980. Under his direction, the hospital grew from 525 beds to 2,068 beds.
Among his numerous other healthcare industry posts, Mr. Groner served as chairman of the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also served on the governing board of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
He received three of the top honors in healthcare: the Justin Kimball Award from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in 1964; the Distinguished Service Award from the AHA in 1966; and the Gold Medal Award from ACHE in 1968.
He's survived by his wife, Daisy; brother, Pat; and sister, Laura Battle.