Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Samuel J. Tibbitts
Inducted in 1997
At the age of 6, Tibbitts contracted Scarlet fever. It was at that point he decided to follow a career in healthcare. After graduating with the second class at the new graduate school of public health and hospital administration at the University of California at Los Angeles, Tibbitts became an administrative resident at the California Hospital Medical Center. By the time he turned 35, he became the facility's administrator. Tibbitts would go on to co-found the PPO Alliance in 1975, which by the mid-1990s was one of the largest PPOs in the country. He also co-founded PacifiCare Health Systems, which became one of the country's most profitable HMOs. During Tibbitts' time as chairman of the American Hospital Association, he pushed for efficiency on a national level. He persuaded the AHA, the American Medical Association and six other organizations to focus their efforts on cutting medical costs.