Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 2008
Pat Groner foresaw the need to boost outpatient surgeries in the 1970s when the advantages were not well-known and patients always had to stay in the hospital overnight after surgery. Groner, president of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., and other executives spoke with Blue Cross about covering outpatient surgery. Eventually the insurer agreed and, Groner says, it was not long before other insurers followed suit. Groner also recognized the need for housing programs for the elderly. Before assisted-living commonplace, Baptist bought contiguous property for housing programs. He also focused on cost-containment through employee incentives. Under Groner's watch, Baptist Hospital became the third—and by far the smallest hospital at the time—to use helicopters to transfer sick patients. The helipad was used 400 times the first year. Groner's brother, Frank, is also a Health Care Hall-of-Famer.