Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 1988
As the longtime leader of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Frank Shelby Groner saw the facility grow from a 500-bed hospital in 1946 to a 2,055-bed behemoth in 1980. Groner, the son of a Baptist minister, said he was “almost destined for some kind of service to fellow man,” and hospital administration was his calling in life. Groner came to Baptist Memorial after a 10-year stint as assistant administrator at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, a facility founded by his father, F.S. Groner. One of Groner's innovations was making most of the rooms in the ever-expanding Baptist Memorial private, something that was unusual for the time. Under his leadership, Baptist Memorial was also the first hospital in the nation to put televisions in the rooms and introduce piped oxygen into surgery rooms. Groner's brother, Pat, is also a Health Care Hall-of-Famer.