Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 2000
Rice was described as a “tree-shaker” by a former colleague. Rice fought for quality healthcare for all people, regardless of their ability to pay, and pushed for more opportunities for minorities in healthcare administration. Known as “The Godfather” to many African-Americans in health administration, Rice helped found the National Association of Health Services Executives, a black professional organization. He would serve as the organization's fourth president from 1970 to 1971. In the late 1980s, Rice helped establish the Boarder Babies Project at Howard University in Washington. At the time, some babies would be left living in hospitals for as long as three years. Rice went to the Council of the District of Columbia and successfully lobbied to expedite the process of declaring those children wards of the state.