This is the 11th year for the MODERN HEALTHCARE Health Care Hall of Fame. Celebrating the legendary inductees who have made this industry the envy of the world is a great honor for me and my colleagues at the magazine. Marking this event during the American College of Healthcare Executives' annual congress is icing on the cake.
Spotlighting the principles, traits and talents of the honorees is what the Hall of Fame is all about. Each year the distinguished judges on the selection panel do an outstanding job of recognizing those individuals who have given so much not only to healthcare but to all of us as citizens of this great country.
This year's recipients-Bob Ball, T. Stewart Hamilton, M.D., and Stanley Nelson-belong right up there with all the esteemed inductees who have preceded them. Each made lasting contributions to this industry.
From 1962 to 1972, Ball was the commissioner of the Social Security Administration and is best known for being one of the architects of Medicare, the sweeping public health insurance program that changed the industry landscape. He also directed Medicare to press for the desegregation of most of the nation's white-only hospitals and insisted on extensive surveying to guarantee that all participating hospitals followed nondiscrimination policies mandated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Hamilton was not only a longtime hospital executive but also served in myriad leadership posts on the state and national levels. He was president of the American Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Connecticut Hospital Association, and a commissioner and vice chairman of the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals. He also received distinguished service awards from a number of organizations.
Nelson is best known for making Henry Ford Health Care Corp.-now Henry Ford Health System-into one of the great meccas of excellence. He's known as a mentor and a visionary. As one fellow executive said, "He's had an unerring knack for identifying where the field ought to be heading and then getting there ahead of anyone else."
To Ball, Nelson and Hamilton, welcome home. We offer our most sincere congratulations. You make us all proud.