Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Boone Powell Sr.
Inducted in 1988
Powell is credited with starting the country's first residency program for hospital administrators.He initially wanted to go into medicine himself, but the Great Depression made that dream an impossibility, so he took a job working with the federal government building healthcare facilities. That experience helped him land a job at what was then an overcrowded and deteriorating hospital in Texas, Baylor University Medical Center. Powell would go on to spend three decades as CEO of the Dallas-based medical center, helping to grow its size and reputation. He later would become president of the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation, which was created on a $5 million endowment to support the activities of the medical center.