Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
T. Stewart Hamilton
Inducted in 1999
Hamilton, former president of the American Hospital Association, began his healthcare career in hospital administration in 1941 when he got a job as assistant director at Massachusetts General Hospital. However, his stay in Boston was cut short when in 1942 he went to Casablanca and Rome to administer the 6th General Hospital, Massachusetts General unit, during World War II. After returning from the war, Hamilton went to Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts and then to Hartford (Conn.) Hospital where he would become the hospital's leader from 1954 until his retirement in 1976.In 1961, a fire, which started in a trash chute, broke out at Hartford Hospital. Sixteen people were killed. What Hamilton learned from the tragedy led to new fire-prevention efforts in hospitals across the country. Hamilton also played a key role in developing Medicare and Medicaid and was in the Oval Office when the legislation was signed. The first Medicare reimbursement check was issued to Hartford Hospital in 1966.