Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
L.R. "Rush" Jordan
Inducted in 2000
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Jordan became assistant director of Duke University Medical Center in 1955. His goal was always to get as many voices heard as possible. After leaving Duke, Jordan would go on to create the graduate program in healthcare administration at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There he would also recognize the importance of nursing and establish one of the first unit-managers programs, placing a lay administrator on each hospital floor. This allowed nurses to spend more time with the patients.Jordan was one of the founders of the Voluntary Hospitals of America, or VHA. Jordan's career would also take him to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, in the late 1970s. Learning that East Dayton, a poor neighborhood less than a mile from Miami Valley, had just one doctor for 18,000 people, Jordan went to work to create the East Dayton Health Center in partnership with the city and county.