HCA co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Jr. says Jack Bovender had the quality of character he needed to right the company when it was shaken in the late 1990s. Bovender says leading an organization that takes care of people in need is a "beautiful thing to have been associated with all my life."
Dr. Charles LeMaistre, now 91, is finishing a book chronicling the surgeon general's advisory committee on smoking and lung cancer he was appointed to in the early 1960s and the aftermath of the panel's landmark report. The former MD Anderson Cancer Center president also continues working to ensure cancer patients have access to treatments.
The two men Modern Healthcare will induct into its Health Care Hall of Fame this year made their mark in similar ways. They took on unpopular causes whose successful resolution moved their institutions onto a higher plane.
Dr. Charles LeMaistre's career has spanned more than five cities and five decades, with more professional appointments, memberships and honorary degrees than most groups of five individuals could boast. But LeMaistre is reluctant to talk about them.
Jack Bovender graduated from Duke University with a master's degree in hospital administration in 1969, armed with skills in finance, systems organization and strategic planning. But his mother, Eva, a nurse, reminded him that he would need more than business acumen to become an accomplished leader.
Dr. Charles LeMaistre considers a boyhood bout with appendicitis (and a rescue he credits to his German shepherd) as his introduction to medicine. He has spent much of his life working to fight and prevent cancer.
Jack Bovender's career in healthcare spanned four decades, beginning with hospital administration as a young man in the U.S. Navy and culminating at the top of the executive ranks of HCA, the largest investor-owned hospital company in the U.S.
Healthcare isn't the only thing provided at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. History is also available in large doses throughout the campus.
A distinguished panel of judges selected the 2015 inductees to the Health Care Hall of Fame. The six people who participated in the deliberations represent a variety of organizations associated with the healthcare industry.
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