Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 2001
In 1955, fresh from graduating with a master's degree in hospital administration, Hicks became CEO of then-50-bed Schmitt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown, Ill. However, this was just the beginning of his administrating days. He would go on to take the top spot at five other hospitals of various sizes during his 46-year career. His career would eventually take him to Community Hospitals in Indianapolis where he would co-found the Multihospital Mutual Insurance company, which covered malpractice. In 1977, Hicks would co-found the Voluntary Hospitals of America, or VHA, which would become one of the nation's largest purchasing cooperatives.