Even though she's 91, Sister Mary Gerald Hartney's missionary zeal remains in full force. One friend and colleague says she has devoted her life to "God and the healthcare industry."
James Ludlam, 87, a Los Angeles lawyer, helped shape the healthcare environment in California during a more-than-six-decade career that included developing a group insurance program for state hospitals and promoting legislation that eventually led to the creation of Blue Cross health plans.
And though he died in 1971 at 92, Michael Davis is still a vibrant force within the industry through his legacy in community medicine, finance and healthcare organization.
Those three individuals will join the Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame, established in 1988 to honor men and women who have made lifelong contributions to the industry. The three will be inducted at the 14th annual Health Care Hall of Fame dinner held at the yearly meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives on March 17 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The three will join 61 others in the select group of honorees.
Sister Hartney, who will celebrate her 92nd birthday Feb. 24, has spent seven decades in service to others, friends and colleagues say. A finance expert who helped form the American Association of Hospital Accountants, she has been described as the "financial guru of the Catholic Health Association."
And she hasn't slowed down: She recently went to Africa with the Irish Medical Missionaries to bring medical personnel to Kenya.
Ludlam, known as the "godfather" of healthcare lawyers, was the longtime counsel for the American Hospital Association and for the board of directors of Blue Cross of Southern California.
He began his career by helping to ensure tax-exempt status for the Blue Cross plans. He also was instrumental in the passage of the Medical Insurance Compensation Reform Act in 1975, a model for tort-reform legislation.
Davis, who helped pioneer widespread access to medical care, operated clinics in Boston and developed concepts of group practice and prepayment of medical services as early as 1913, said Robert Sigmond, a friend and colleague who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.
Davis helped develop the field of health outcomes research and later became a national leader in the organization and financing of health services. Davis was an active supporter of early prepaid-group practice plans and the concept of national health insurance, which led to the development of Medicare and Medicaid.
He wrote an influential column in Modern Hospital, the precursor of Modern Healthcare, called Dispensary and Outpatient Work.