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Austin Ross Inducted Into Health Care Hall of Fame
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.