Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Sister Mary Gerald Hartney
Inducted in 2002
An Irish immigrant, Sister Mary Gerald Hartney, or Sister Gerald as she preferred to be called, taught cost accounting to hospitals decades before the Medicare program was implemented. She also preached accountability years before the concept was in vogue as she instituted internal controls to prevent fraud and abuse. Thanks to Sister Gerald's leadership, thousands of Roman Catholic nuns became eligible for Social Security benefits through a 1966 congressional act. She also helped form the Healthcare Financial Management Association, which began as the American Association of Hospital Accountants. She served as its first female president from 1954 to 1955.