Ber­man, David­son and Wald will be in­ducted

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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.




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