A policymaker and two career hospital administrators are the newest inductees into MODERN HEALTHCARE's Health Care Hall of Fame.
As commissioner of Social Security from 1962 to 1973, Robert Ball was one of the original architects of Medicare and its administrator for the first seven years. Ball, 84, also served on the National Commission on Social Security Reform from 1981 to 1983. He was a founder of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
T. Stewart Hamilton, M.D., headed Hartford (Conn.) Hospital from 1954 to 1976 and was a commissioner of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations from 1960 to 1966. He received distinguished service awards from the American Hospital Association and the Connecticut Hospital Association. He is 87.
Stanley Nelson was a hospital chief executive officer for 33 years. He took the helm in 1971 at Detroit-based Henry Ford Hospital, where he worked until his retirement in 1988. He served previously as CEO at other hospitals. He was also founding president of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. He is 72.
The winners of the 1999 awards were nominated by readers of MODERN HEALTHCARE, which sponsors the Hall of Fame. They will be honored at a special dinner March 7 at the Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The winners will join the 52 other healthcare notables who have been inducted since the inception of the Hall, housed in Philadelphia's historic Pennsylvania Hospital, in 1988.