Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 1993
More than 600,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the Civil War, and as a nurse Barton saw more than her fair share of carnage from both sides during the War Between the States. In fact, Barton told the tale of a time when she was offering a patient water and a bullet penetrated her sleeve and killed the man. During the conflict, Barton delivered much-needed supplies to Union and Confederate soldiers and saw firsthand the unsanitary conditions where doctors performed surgery on patients. In 1881, Barton established the Red Cross, a humanitarian emergency response organization that to this day travels to war zones and disaster areas across the world offering supplies and assistance. Barton remained its director until shortly before her death.