NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HCA (NYSE: HCA) today
announced that Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., a co-founder of HCA and former
Chairman and CEO, has been inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame.
Sponsored by Modern Healthcare, the Healthcare Hall of Fame honors
individuals who bring a legacy of enthusiasm, vision, and perseverance to the
healthcare industry. This spirit of leadership has already been recognized in
sixty-four inductees, including Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., who was inducted in
1990. The addition of Dr. Frist, Jr. this year makes them the Hall of Fame's
first father-son pair.
"As a co-founder of HCA, a pioneer in our industry and a mentor to many,
Tommy is certainly deserving of this tribute," said Jack O. Bovender Jr.,
Chairman and CEO of HCA. "The success of HCA, and his personal impact on the
lives of countless employees, patients and physicians is a testament to the
patients-first philosophy he has championed over the years. His legacy of
bettering the human condition is lived every day across the country where
hospitals deliver quality care and whole communities benefit from his many
Dr. Frist began his career shortly after his service as a military flight
surgeon. In 1968, he founded HCA in Nashville, with his father, the late Dr.
Thomas F. Frist, Sr., and the late Jack C. Massey. In 1977, Dr. Frist became
President of HCA and subsequently became Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer in 1987. Upon the merger of HCA with Columbia in February
1994, Dr. Frist served as Chairman of the Board and later as Vice Chairman,
following the company's April 1995 merger with HealthTrust Inc. He returned as
Chairman and CEO of the company in 1997. He was Chairman and CEO until January
2001 and Chairman until January 2002.
He served as Vice President of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust
from 1995-1997. The founder of United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society, he
was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Way of America in 1995.
From 1984 to 1995, Dr. Frist served on the Board of Directors of IBM, and was
the 1999-2000 Chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, Dr. Frist is Chairman of the Board of The Frist Foundation and
Chairman of the Board of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A member of the
Business Council, Dr. Frist also serves on the boards of Harvard Business
School and Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and is Chairman of the
Nashville Healthcare Council's 2002-2003 Board of Directors.
A native of Nashville, Dr. Frist received his bachelor's degree from
Vanderbilt University and his M.D. degree from Washington University School of
Medicine. He was born on August 12, 1938.
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refer to HCA Inc. and its affiliates.