40 Years of Breaking the Color Line in Healthcare Management


40 Years of Breaking the Color Line in Healthcare Management



The National Association of Heathcare Services Executives (NAHSE) describes their 40 year history in this book, known as the NAHSE History Project. Thanks to meticulous note taking, collection and recording of correspondence and newsletters, and the cataloguing and safekeeping of 40-years of pictures, mementoes, and factoids, Nathaniel Wesley, Jr. single-handedly preserved the organization's history. His personal interest in preserving NAHSE's history led to the culmination of this book. Mr. Wesley through collaboration and partnership with the NAHSE Research Committee during a 20 month process completed a labor of love for the participants and will serve as testimony to the leadership and fortitude of the Association's founders, officers, committee chairs, and members. The formation of NAHSE fits squarely into the political and social turbulence of the 1960s. In 1968, Whitney Young, the president of the National Urban League, was the invited speaker at the American Hospital Association's Annual Meeting. In his speech, he made the connection between the blight in urban America and the role of non-profit hospitals as economic engines in these communities. He challenged these hospitals to employ and promote black leadership and to administratively reflect the community in which they resided. Young's eloquence in advocating for employment opportunities for racial minorities in hospitals was the impetus for the formation of NAHSE. The NAHSE story begs to be told in the context of the times in which events unfolded. This will enable the reader to fully understand the achievement it represents and why that legacy must continue. It is a story steeped in the experience and events of the civil rights struggle and the conditions leading up to that time.



Publication Date



The National Association of Health Services Executives (George Rumsay)


Washington, DC


Health Care Management


Health Services Administration

40 Years of Breaking the Color Line in Healthcare Management