Con­way-Welch, Dolan named to Hall of Fame

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Two in­dus­try lead­ers who de­voted their ca­reers to ed­u­ca­tion and trans­for­ma­tion will be in­ducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame this spring.

This year’s hon­orees are Colleen Con­wayWelch, for­mer long-tenured dean of the Van­der­bilt Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing in Nashville, and Thomas Dolan, for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives, based in Chicago.

Con­way-Welch served as a pro­fes­sor and dean at the Van­der­bilt School of Nurs­ing for nearly 30 years, from 1984 to 2013. She pi­o­neered in cre­at­ing a cur­ricu­lum that al­lowed col­lege grad­u­ates in other fields to ob­tain a mas­ter’s de­gree in nurs­ing. That in­no­va­tion was quickly adopted by other nurs­ing schools across the coun­try.

She also was ac­tive na­tion­ally and abroad in ad­vo­cacy for pub­lic health and safety is­sues such as HIV/AIDS, bioter­ror­ism and emer­gency pre­pared­ness.

Dolan led the ACHE for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. But be­fore join­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion he al­ready had a distin­guished ca­reer teach­ing health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties.

He ded­i­cated his ca­reer to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of lead­er­ship through­out health­care. Dolan also worked to bring greater di­ver­sity to the top ranks of health­care lead­er­ship. Early in his ten­ure he called for a thor­ough study of racial com­par­isons in ca­reer ad­vance­ment. The find­ings helped pro­pel adop­tion of di­ver­sity ini­tia­tives at the as­so­ci­a­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of the In­sti­tute for Di­ver­sity in Health Man­age­ment, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the ACHE, the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Health Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tives.

While the ACHE helm gave Dolan a na­tional stage to ad­vo­cate for change in the in­dus­try, he also held lead­er­ship roles at a va­ri­ety of or­ga­ni­za­tions na­tion­ally and glob­ally, in­clud­ing the Mal­colm Baldrige Na­tional Qual­ity Award board, the In­ter­na­tional Hospi­tal Fed­er­a­tion and As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Pro­grams in Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This year’s in­ductees will be hon­ored at a gala March 26 in con­junc­tion with the ACHE’s 2017 Congress on Health­care Lead­er­ship, set for March 27-30 in Chicago. They also will be pro­filed in the March 27 is­sue of Mod­ern Health­care and on­line.



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