Search Virginia Mason News


Image: Austin Ross, former VP and Executive Administrator of Virginia Mason.

  Austin Ross
Austin Ross, former Vice President and Executive Administrator of Virginia Mason Medical Center, has been chosen (along with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy) as an inductee into Modern Healthcare magazine's Health Care Hall of Fame. Virginia Mason was privileged to benefit from Austin's expertise for most of his 36-year career.

He came to what was then Virginia Mason Hospital and Clinic as an administrative resident in 1955 after completing his MPH degree from the University of California, Berkeley. By 1968, he was the hospital administrator and, in 1977, he became executive administrator. Austin also became a clinical professor at the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. During this time, he authored "Ambulatory Care Management," the leading textbook on management of ambulatory care services, and several significant books on health care leadership.

Austin's leadership is credited with putting Virginia Mason in the national spotlight as a foremost example of how to integrate a multispecialty group practice with a hospital. Austin, 80, retired from VM in 1991.

Back to Search