Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Bernard J. Lachner
Inducted in 1998
Not many Health Care Hall-of-Famers can say they went from being a janitor at a hospital to an administrator at a hospital as Lachner did. In 1954, Lachner got a position as assistant director at the Ohio Tuberculosis Hospital, where he would attend healthcare roundtables at Ohio State University. A few years later, Lachner would move over to OSU to become associate administrator of its hospital. At the urging of his colleagues, Lachner would go on to develop a program in hospital management at Ohio State's college of medicine. He became the interim director. After leaving OSU, Lachner went to Evanston (Ill.) Hospital Corp. (now known as NorthShore University HealthSystem). At the time, Evanston Hospital had not made an operational profit in 100 years, but the year after Lachner took over, the hospital was in the black. A couple of Lachner's posts during his healthcare career included being one of the founders of the Voluntary Hospitals of America, or VHA, as well as governor of the American College of Healthcare Executives.