Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Margaret Daugherty Lewis
Inducted in 1991
The home healthcare movement owes a lot to Lewis. Had it not been for a recurring disc problem in her back, however, she might not have entered the field. As a hospital nurse she often would have to lift heavy objects, which eventually became too difficult for her because of her back troubles. Because of those issues in the traditional hospital setting, Lewis decided to try something else. She then found her way into home healthcare. After years of devotion to home healthcare, she would eventually help found the National Association of Home Health Agencies. In 1982, the organization merged with the Council for Home Health Agencies and Community Health Services to become the National Association for Home Care. “Margaret Lewis was one of those unbelievably farsighted health professionals who was able to link the public and private sectors,” a former president of the Colorado Medical Society once said.