The dictionary defines a leader as one who leads or conducts. In the cases of the three people selected to be inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame next year, the definition doesn't begin to cover their status in the field of healthcare administration.
The newest inductees are:
The late James A. Hamilton, who spent 49 years as a healthcare administrator, consultant, teacher and mentor until his death in 1985 at age 86. Hamilton served as president of the American Hospital Association, the New England Hospital Association and the American College of Hospital Administrators (now the American College of Healthcare Executives). In 1946 he developed one of the country's first graduate programs in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota. Under Hamilton's direction, the university trained hundreds of prominent healthcare executives.
Bernard J. Lachner, 70, who served as president and chief executive officer of Evanston (Ill.) Hospital Corp. from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. Previously, he helped develop Ohio State University's graduate program in health services administration and served as administrator of Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. Lachner helped found Voluntary Hospitals of America, now called VHA. He has served as chairman of the AHA and of the National Committee for Quality Health Care and as director of the International Hospital Federation.
Elliott C. Roberts Sr., 70, one of the nation's leading public hospital administrators. After serving 13 years at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Roberts resigned in 1994 to become a professor in public health and preventive medicine at Louisiana State University. Earlier in his career, Roberts was director of Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
The winners of the 1998 awards were nominated by readers of MODERN HEALTHCARE, which sponsors the Hall of Fame.
This year's inductees will be honored March 1 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The dinner is held in conjunction with the annual Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Displays outlining the accomplishments of this year's inductees will join those of 49 others in the Hall of Fame, which is housed at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.