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Howard J. Berman, in First Person: An Oral History

The Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History announces a new publication in the Hospital Administration Oral History series:

  •  Howard J. Berman, in First Person: An Oral History

Born and raised in Chicago, Howard Berman grew up in a family that valued community service.  As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois he studied finance, but became drawn to health administration.  Mr. Berman entered the graduate program at the University of Michigan where he studied with, and was mentored by, Professor John R. Griffith. 

After completing a residency with the New York City Department of Hospitals, Mr. Berman worked for the Blue Cross Association, and later the American Hospital Association.  In his association work, he was responsible for managing teams that researched solutions for management problems.  Remembering his role in contributing to association policy, Mr. Berman says, “It’s taken me awhile to understand that we were working on ‘policy.’  We were working on what were the most interesting health care management problems.  We were all trained as managers.  We were all educated as managers.  To us, managing was how you utilize scarce resources to best serve your communities.”

Howard Berman left the American Hospital Association to become the President/CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester (NY) Area, now known as Excellus.  After retiring, he has joined the faculty at the Bittner School of Business of St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY).  Mr. Berman is the author of a number of influential works, including the books, The Financial Management of Hospitals, Economics in Health Care, Shapers of American Health Care Policy, A Great Board, and Making a Difference.

The full text of this new oral history is available at no charge on the Center website at http://www.aha.org/chhah. Other recent oral history interviews that can be found on the website include that of Paul M. Ellwood, Jr., M.D., John R. Griffith, Richard J. Davidson, Gail L. Warden, Ruth Rothstein, and Wade Mountz.

The Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History was established by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is coordinated by the AHA Resource Center in collaboration with the Health Research & Educational Trust. Visit the Center’s blog at http://chhahblog.com/

Posted by the AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org.

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