Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Charles P. Cardwell Jr.
Inducted in 2007
Cardwell, whose background was in engineering, would be remembered as a leader in healthcare administration and education. He entered the field at a time when most hospitals were run by physicians or nurses. In 1947, Cardwell would become director of the hospital division at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, which would later become part of Virginia Commonwealth University. At the time, legend has it that Cardwell asked the president of the college what his budget was, the executive answered, “What's a budget?” Two years later, Cardwell would found the college's school of hospital administration. He would also be a professor in the school until 1969. Cardwell was known as an administrator who didn't sit in the office. He would often walk the floors of the hospital and ask workers for their opinions. A former colleague remembered Cardwell as “a good administrator, but he was a very caring person. He put the welfare of patients first. When we did improvements on buildings, wards … his foremost concern was the patient. Is it going to be good for the people we serve?”