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Health Care Hall of Fame - 2008

'Angel of mercy'

By Elizabeth Gardner  |  March 10, 2008

These days, any hospital admissions director caught admitting patients under false diagnoses, hiding them in odd corners and dosing them with fruit juice and dark Karo syrup would be let go, perhaps arrested and possibly even ushered to the psychiatric unit for observation.

Innovation and inspiration

By Ed Finkel  |  March 10, 2008

During Pat Groner’s 33 years at the helm, Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., grew from about 100 beds at its opening to about 500. Called Baptist Health Care Corp. by the time Groner retired in 1983, the system had purchased an affiliate in rural Santa Rosa County and exponentially added specialties, such as cardiology and oncology, establishing one of the first four intensive cardiac-care units in the country.

A legacy in Louisville

By Ed Finkel  |  March 10, 2008

Healthcare leaders in Louisville, Ky., sometimes called Wade Mountz by the affectionate moniker “Mr. Norton,” and he was among a small number of leaders nationally who could have been called “Mr. Voluntary Hospitals of America” as well.As the top executive of Norton Healthcare’s predecessor organizations for 30 years ending in 1988, Mountz led the organization’s steady growth. He began by moving the flagship Norton Hospital downtown near the University of Louisville to establish stronger connections with its medical school and medical center.

Showing the way

By Neil McLaughlin, Managing editor  |  March 10, 2008

Movie fans may recall the recurring theme of the “no-win scenario” in the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” A Starfleet cadet is vexed by an officer training simulation that has no solution and always results in virtual death. Pressed by the cadet to explain how he became the only person ever to beat the test, Capt. Kirk (Adm. Kirk in this movie) reveals that he surreptitiously reprogrammed the computer so it was possible to beat the no-win scenario. “I got a commendation for original thinking,” Kirk gloats.

Trio named to hall of fame

By Gregg Blesch  |  January 28, 2008

Three healthcare innovators have been chosen by a panel of industry judges as the newest members of the Health Care Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are two founders of VHA, Pat Groner and Wade Mountz, and the late Sister Ignatia Gavin, a pioneer in alcoholism treatment. They will join 77 other members in the hall, sponsored by Modern Healthcare.

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