Mathis, Pinn and Plum­mer named to Hall of Fame

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Three in­dus­try pi­o­neers who shaped health­care’s fu­ture in dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent ways will be in­ducted into Mod­ern Health­care’s Health Care Hall of Fame on March 13 in Chicago.

This year’s honorees are Larry Mathis, the for­mer long­time chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Methodist Hos­pi­tal Sys­tem in Hous­ton; Dr. Vivian Pinn, a physi­cian, pro­fes­sor and re­searcher who spent her ca­reer ad­vo­cat­ing for women’s health is­sues and work­ing to elim­i­nate health­care dis­par­i­ties; and the late Dr. Henry Plum­mer, a skilled clin­i­cian and in­no­va­tor who was in­stru­men­tal in found­ing the Mayo Clinic in Min­nesota.

They all spent most of their ca­reers serv­ing one or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mathis, now 72, spent 26 years at the Methodist sys­tem, more than half of them as pres­i­dent and CEO. He started at Methodist Hos­pi­tal, where he served his ad­min­is­tra­tive res­i­dency, and stayed with the or­ga­ni­za­tion for the rest of his ca­reer. He led a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of the sys­tem, which upon his re­tire­ment com­prised 16 mem­ber cor­po­ra­tions and 37 af­fil­i­ated hospi­tals in the U.S. and abroad, in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Greece, Italy, Peru, Turkey and Venezuela.

He was also an early adopter of the pa­tient-cen­tered ap­proach to health­care de­liv­ery, fo­cused on qual­ity im­prove­ment and pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion. Methodist Hos­pi­tal Sys­tem would re­ceive nu­mer­ous na­tional awards for its achieve­ments.

Pinn, upon en­ter­ing the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia School of Medicine in 1963, was the only woman and mi­nor­ity stu­dent in her class. She would grad­u­ate with hon­ors. Fol­low­ing a post­grad­u­ate fel­low­ship at Har­vard Med­i­cal School, she would serve in a va­ri­ety of clin­i­cal and aca­demic roles at Tufts Univer­sity in Bos­ton and sev­eral of its af­fil­i­ated or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as Howard Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Through­out her ca­reer she was fo­cused on women’s health is­sues, which ul­ti­mately led to her ap­point­ment in 1991 as di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Re­search on Women’s Health, part of the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health. She would re­main in the role for nearly 20 years. Pinn also was a men­tor to many, par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing mi­nor­ity women to pur­sue ca­reers in medicine and sci­ence.

Plum­mer joined the fledg­ling Mayo Clinic in 1901. He was a gifted physi­cian but also rec­og­nized how tech­nol­ogy, or­ga­ni­za­tional de­sign and even ar­chi­tec­ture could play a role in the heal­ing process. Dr. Wil­liam Mayo, one of the two brothers who founded the clinic, would later say that hir­ing Plum­mer was his “best day’s work.” It was Plum­mer who helped de­velop the con­cept of a com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal record at Mayo, a dossier in which all the in­for­ma­tion about a pa­tient could be found in one place. He is also cred­ited with de­sign­ing the sys­tem that led to the hall­mark of the clinic, an in­te­grated, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to med- ical prac­tice.

Plum­mer died of a blood clot in 1936 at age 62.

The three in­ductees will be honored at a gala held on March 13 in con­junc­tion with the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives’ 2016 Congress on Health­care Lead­er­ship, set for March 14-17. They also will be pro­filed in the March 14 is­sue of Mod­ern Health­care and on­line.

Mathis, Pinn and Plum­mer join 100 other in­dus­try lu­mi­nar­ies who have been in­ducted into the Hall of Fame since its in­cep­tion in 1988. The hall is per­ma­nently housed at Penn­syl­va­nia Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia, Amer­ica’s first hos­pi­tal.

Larry Mathis

Dr. Vivian Pinn

Dr. Henry Plum­mer

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