Modern Healthcare is pleased to announce the induction of two industry veterans into the Health Care Hall of Fame this year—Jack O. Bovender Jr., former chairman and CEO of Nashville-based hospital chain HCA, and Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre, former longtime president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Bovender, now 69, held many roles at HCA, spending 37 of his 40 years in the industry there. He took over as the for-profit chain's president and CEO in 2001, retiring as chairman in 2009. During his tenure, the company continued to grow through mergers and acquisitions, notably with the addition of Health Midwest of Kansas City, Mo., in 2003.
The company also was a leader in promoting diversity, especially through its COO Development Program, which Bovender championed. It served as a launching pad for young executives, including many minority candidates, speeding up their rise in the leadership ranks. Bovender named himself chief diversity officer to oversee implementation of the program, which became a model for the industry.