Berman, Davidson and Wald will be inducted
Berman, Davidson, Wald picked for Health Care Hall of Fame
Howard Berman, Richard Davidson and the late Lillian Wald make up the latest class of inductees to Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame. Berman, 66, chairs the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care based in Washington. He has led a distinguished career in the industry, serving as mentor and role model, and has been involved in five books. He’s also the former president and CEO of Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Rochester, N.Y. The company was renamed last year to the Lifetime Healthcare Cos.
Davidson, 75, served from 1991 to 2007 as president of the American Hospital Association after 22 years as president of the Maryland Hospital Association. He was the MHA’S first president and helped mold the group, which was founded in 1970, in the same way he would later guide the AHA. His career was marked by encouraging participation from a wide array of healthcare professionals. He also advocated for more women and ethnic minorities to serve on healthcare boards.
Wald, born in 1867, was a pioneer in public health nursing. She died in 1940 at age 73. Wald founded the Henry Street Settlement in New York in 1893, which continues today in its mission to help the poor and sick on the city’s Lower East Side. Her efforts gained notice, and she fought for fair treatment of women and African-americans. In part because of having racially integrated services, Henry Street was the site of the first meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.
The trio will be honored Sunday, March 18, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, before the first day of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ 2012 Congress on Healthcare Executives. The additions of Berman, Davidson and Wald give the Health Care Hall of Fame 93 members since its creation in 1988.