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ORAL HISTORY: New Greenawalt and Ross interviews

(Chicago, IL, December 3, 2012)  The Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History announces two new publications in the Hospital Administration Oral History series:

  • Leo F. Greenawalt, in First Person: An Oral History
  • Austin Ross, in First Person: An Oral History

Leo Greenawalt retired in 2011 after spending 30 years at the helm of the Washington State Hospital Association.  In his oral history, Mr. Greenawalt discusses the six goals of the association and how the board arrived at them.  He reviews the health care delivery system in Washington and provides insight into the ways that the state hospital association assists hospitals in their mission.  He also shares memories of his early experiences as the executive director of an Indian Health Service hospital in Oklahoma.  Mr. Greenawalt was active in the Committee for Affordable Health Care, a broad-based coalition in Washington State that was involved in helping get laws passed to increase health insurance coverage.

Austin Ross went to work for the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle as an administrative resident in 1955, and stayed for over three decades in various leadership positions.  In his oral history, Mr. Ross reminisces about the physicians who led the Mason Clinic and how the Clinic was organized.  He describes the development of the Consortium, which was an attempt to develop linkages between hospitals in urban and rural parts of Washington State.  A prolific author, Mr. Ross has also served as a professor at the University of Washington.

The full text of these new oral histories 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, Howard J. Berman, and Elliott C. Roberts, Sr.

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.  For more information about the Center and its programs, visit the website or contact Sara Beazley, director, at (312) 422-2050.

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

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