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Health Care Hall of Fame

Elliott C. Roberts Sr.
Inducted in 1998

Elliott C. Roberts Sr.
1927-
Inducted in 1998

During Roberts’ career, he served as CEO at several major inner-city public hospitals and taught at many universities. But his focus was always on public health and minority leadership in healthcare.

In the 1960s, Roberts served as executive director at Mercy Douglass Hospital in Philadelphia, Harem (N.Y.) Hospital and Detroit General Hospital. In Detroit, Roberts led the planning process to reconstruct and reorganize the old facility as a joint project with Wayne State University Medical School.

But in 1980, Roberts was ready for a career change. He moved to Chicago from New Orleans to take a job in the Hyatt Medical Management Services consulting group. However, he wouldn’t stay long. Soon he would return to healthcare as CEO of what was then known as Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

After four years, Roberts moved back to Louisiana to become CEO of the state-controlled system, a position he would hold for 10 years. He later served a stint as chairman of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, which created an annual scholarship in his honor.

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