Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Stanley R. Nelson
Inducted in 1999
Nelson helped transform the Henry Ford Health System from a beleaguered inner-city hospital into a huge not-for-profit health system. Nelson got his first CEO job at the age of 28 when he became the top executive at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. After six years at Parkview, Nelson moved to Minneapolis to head Northwestern Hospital. His goal: to expand. And they did. “We merged out of strength,” he once said, “not out of crisis.” After four years, he went to Henry Ford where he focused on ambulatory care at a time when most hospitals focused on revenue from inpatient beds. He would later go on to co-found the Voluntary Hospitals of America. After retiring, he went into the consultant business and started the Scottsdale Institute in Minneapolis, which focuses on sharing information and experiences with healthcare information technology.