Two industry leaders who devoted their careers to education and transformation will be inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame this spring.
This year's honorees are Colleen Conway-Welch, former long-tenured dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, and Thomas Dolan, former president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives, based in Chicago.
Conway-Welch served as a professor and dean at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing for nearly 30 years, from 1984 to 2013. She pioneered in creating a curriculum that allowed college graduates in other fields to obtain a master's degree in nursing. That innovation was quickly adopted by other nursing schools across the country.
She also was active nationally and abroad in advocacy for public health and safety issues such as HIV/AIDS, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness.