Hospital Administration Oral History Collection

A listing of interviews with noted figures in the hospital and health services administration field.

Oral History Collection

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Contact: Brenda Stenger,, (312) 422-2017

Gordon M. Sprenger Oral History Released

Long-time CEO at Allina reflects on leadership

CHICAGO (December 30, 2019) – The Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History announces a new publication in the Hospital Administration Oral History series:

Growing up in the rural community of Conger, Minnesota, with a population of fewer than 200 residents, Gordon Sprenger thought he might like to run a small business like his relatives did when he grew up.  After graduating from St. Olaf College, he broadened the scope of his thinking about his future business career by interviewing with large corporations.  However, advice from an insightful advisor caused him to consider hospital administration.  Mr. Sprenger applied to, and was accepted at, the graduate program in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota directed by the influential professor James A. Hamilton.

In this comprehensive oral history interview, Gordon Sprenger reminisces about his life and career beginning at USAF Hospital at Hamilton Air Force Base in California and at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.  In the late ‘60s, he was hired at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and continued to lead this organization as it was transformed into Abbott-Northwestern Hospital then LifeSpan then HealthSpan then Allina Health System.  The creation of Allina resulted in an organization chart with a shared CEO – Mr. Sprenger and Dr. Jim Ehlen. 

One of the many volunteer positions that he has held over the years was as American Hospital Association board chairman in 1996.  Key issues at that time included the concept of community care organizations and patient safety.

The full text of this new oral history interview is available at no charge on the Center website at  Other recent oral history interviews which can be found on the website include that of Donald Wegmiller, John G. King, Dr. Paul Batalden, Scott Parker, Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage, Dr. David Lawrence, Percy Allen and Larry L. Mathis.

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 Brenda Stenger, director, at (312) 422-2017.


Published oral histories are available for the following individuals:

Chaiker Abbis (1986)
Faye G. Abdellah (1984)
John E. Affeldt (1987)
Percy Allen II (2013)
Odin W. Anderson (1984)
Ron J. Anderson, M.D. (2014)
Solomon J. Axelrod (1987)
Paul B. Batalden, M.D. (2014)
Lowell E. Bellin (1984)
Howard J. Berman (2011)
August F. Bloese (1985)
John W. Bluford III (2017) Video
Fred L. Brown (2016)
Madison B. Brown (1985)
George Bugbee (1984)
H. Robert Cathcart (1988)
W. Montague Cobb (1984)
Wilbur J. Cohen (1984)
Edward J. Connors (1984)
John A. D. Cooper (1986)
George Crile, Jr. (1984)
Nelson H. Cruikshank (1984)
Robert M. Cunningham, Jr. (1984)
Richard J. Davidson (2010)
Leon Davis (1984)
Thomas C. Dolan (2014)
Avedis Donabedian (1984)
Edward A. Eckenhoff (2015) Video
C. Wesley Eisele (1988)
Paul M. Ellwood, Jr., M.D. (2011) Video
I. S. Falk (1984)
Stanley Ferguson (1994)
Gary L. Filerman (1984)
E. Evelyn Flook (1985)
Spencer Foreman, M.D. (2008)
Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D. (1986)
Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D. (2013)
Sidney R. Garfield (1986)
Aladino A. Gavazzi (1987)
Symond R. V. Gottlieb (1987)
Leo F. Greenawalt (2012)
Merwyn R. Greenlick (1988)
John R. Griffith (2010)
Frank S. Groner (1989)
Joan S. Guy (1985)
James Hague (1984)
Jack A. L. Hahn (1994)
James A. Hamilton (1984)
T. Stewart Hamilton (1987)
Miles C. Hardie (1987)
Robert L. Harman (2015)
Gerhard Hartman (1984)
John F. Horty (1989)
Everett Johnson (1993)
Lloyd R. Johnson (1987)
Richard L. Johnson (1994)
John G. King (2015)
Herbert E. Klarman (1997)
Karl S. Klicka (1984)
Sister Irene Kraus (1988)
Lowell C. Kruse (2015)
Bernard J. Lachner (1996)
Ben W. Latimer (1989)

David M. Lawrence M.D. (2013)
Wayne M. Lerner, D.P.H. (2018)
George F. Lynn (2014)
John Robert Mannix (1984)
Larry L. Mathis (2019)
Billy G. McCall (1989)
Foster G. McGaw (1985)
John Alexander McMahon (1987)
Walter J. McNerney (1984)
Matthew F. McNulty, Jr. (1998)
John S. Millis (1985)
Wilbur D. Mills (1984)
Wade Mountz (2009)
James R. Neely (1985)
Russell A. Nelson (1986)
Stanley R. Nelson (1988)
Maurice J. Norby (1984)
D. Kirk Oglesby, Jr. (2012)
Jack W. Owen (1988)
Scott S. Parker (2013) Video
Andrew Pattullo (1984)
Earl Perloff (1984)
William D. Petasnick (2017)
Daniel Pettengill (1984)
Carl N. Platou (1995)
Haynes Rice (1984)
Elliott C. Roberts, Sr. (2012) Video
William T. Robinson (2011)
Sister Mary Roch Rocklage (2011) Video
Milton I. Roemer (1985)
C. Rufus Rorem (1984)
Austin Ross (2012)
William A. Rothman (1984)
Ruth M. Rothstein (2009)
James H. Sammons (1987)
Paul J. Sanazaro (1985)
Ernest W. Saward (1987)
William C. Schoenhard (2018)
Sister M. Maurita Sengelaub (1986)
Sam Shapiro (1988)
Cecil G. Sheps (1993)
D. Eugene Sibery (1988)
Robert M. Sigmond (1984)
Robert M. Sigmond: Part II (2009)
Vergil Slee (1984)
Albert W. Snoke (1987)
Anne Ramsay Somers (1984)
Gordon M. Sprenger (2019)
John M. Stagl (1989)
David W. Stewart (1987)
Richard J. Stull (1984)
John D. Thompson (1992)
Robert E. Toomey (1988)
Bernard R. Tresnowski (1986)
Gail L. Warden (2010)
Lewis E. Weeks, Jr. (1993)
Myron Wegman (1989)
Donald C. Wegmiller (2018)
Donald W. Welch (1988)
Stuart A. Wesbury, Jr. (1986)
Kerr L. White (1984)
Kenneth Williamson (1984)
Ray Woodham (2010)


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