Five people have been selected for induction into the Health Care Hall of Fame in 1996.
Inductees include leaders in healthcare administration, education and improvement of medical patient care. This year's inductees were nominated by readers of MODERN HEALTHCARE, which sponsors the Hall of Fame.
The late Edwin Crosby, M.D., was a longtime executive director of the American Hospital Association from 1954 until his death in 1972 at age 63. Crosby also was a founding director of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and a past chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., 87, has been recognized internationally for his contributions to cardiovascular surgery. In 1964, he performed the first successful coronary artery bypass operation. He also invented the roller pump, a major component of the heart-lung machine that helped make open-heart surgery possible. DeBakey is a surgeon at Methodist Hospital in Houston and is director of the DeBakey Heart Center there. Methodist is a teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine, where DeBakey is chancellor emeritus.
Sister Irene Kraus, 71, has been a pioneering healthcare executive within the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul congregation for 44 years. Kraus was chairwoman of the American Hospital Association from 1979 to 1981 and chairwoman of the Catholic Health Association from 1971 to 1974. She was founding president and CEO of Daughters of Charity National Health System and most recently was president and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola (Fla.) Last October, Kraus was reassigned as administrator to the Daughters of Charity provincial house in Emmitsburg, Md.
Walter McNerney, 70, served as president of the Blue Cross Association from 1961 to 1978 and merged the organization with the national Blue Shield association in 1978. He became CEO of the combined organizations, which at that time covered 120 million people or half the U.S. population. McNerney is now the Herman Smith Professor of Health Policy at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He also is chairman of McNerney Heintz, a healthcare consulting firm.
The late Richard J. Stull had a career in healthcare that spanned 40 years and included roles as hospital administrator, consultant, professor and association executive. After roles in hospital administration in California and Pennsylvania, he served as vice president of the American College of Healthcare Administrators (now the American College of Healthcare Executives) from 1965 to 1972 prior to serving as president from 1972 to 1978. During his tenure, the college grew financially and professionally by developing the educational component that still exists today. He received the ACHA's Silver Medal Award in 1977 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Hospital Association in 1978.
The inductees will be honored at a dinner March 10 at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel. The dinner is conducted in conjunction with the 39th Congress on Healthcare Management of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Displays outlining their accomplishments will join those of 39 others in the Hall of Fame, which is housed at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.