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Academic Health Center Oral History Project

About the University Hospitals and Clinics

In 1905, the estate of Augustus F. Elliot gave money to the University to open its first hospital. Elliot Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1911. Over the decades, private gifts led to the construction o more than a dozen medical buildings, clinics and hospitals on campus. In 1987, the main hospital services were moved into a new University Hospital. Ten years later, this facility merged with Fairview Health Services.

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Bartels, Dianne

DBartels.jpgDr. Dianne Bartels served as a staff nurse and then head nurse at University Hospital from 1964 to 1970. After completing bachelor's and master's degrees, she returned to University Hospital in 1979, serving as associate director of nursing until 1986. Dr. Bartels helped create the Center for Bioethics in 1985, serving in various leadership positions in the Center, including associate director and acting director. After earning her Ph.D. in family social science, Dr. Bartels became an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. She retired in 2011.

Benson, Ellis

Benson.JPG Ellis Benson received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1945, and completed residencies in pathology and internal medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1949 in the departments of Medicine and Pathology. He chaired the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology from 1966 until his retirement in 1989.

Delaney, John P.

JDelaney.JPGJohn Delaney earned a medical degree and doctorate in physiology and surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1955 and 1966, respectively. He completed his residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota (1959-1966). He has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota since 1965.

Dickler, Robert

RDickler.JPG Robert Dickler completed a master's degree and doctoral coursework at the University of Minnesota as well as a residency program at University Hospital in 1972. He served in several administrative positions over the course of his ten years at the Hospital. He worked at the University of Colorado from 1981 to 1987, until he returned to Minnesota in 1987 as General Director of University Hospitals and Clinics and Assistant Vice President of the Academic Health Center. He served in this position until 1992.


Diehl, John

John Diehl served as General Counsel to University of Minnesota University Hospitals and Clincs from 1975 to 1983.

Ederer, Grace M.

GEderer.jpg Grace Ederer joined the University of Minnesota in the University Hospital as an administrator of the clinical laboratories, a position she held from 1952 to 1963. During her time at the University, Ederer earned her masters in public health in 1962. After spending fifteen years as administrator of clinical laboratories, she took a new position as assistant to the director of clinical laboratories in the microbiology area of the Division of Medical Technology and became an assistant professor. She became an associate professor in 1967, serving in that position until her retirement in 1982.

Felder, Davitt

Felder.JPG Davitt Felder earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1953 where he also completed an internship in surgery. In the 1950s, he was assigned to the general surgical services at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Ancker Hospital in St. Paul, and Minneapolis General Hospital. He spent most of his career in private surgical practice. In the 1960s, he was a founding member of the Northern Association for Medical Education, which led efforts to establish a second medical school in St. Paul.

Hart, Gregory

GHart.jpgGregory Hart earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and went on to earn a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University's School of Public Health in 1976. As part of earning his M.H.A., Mr. Hart completed a residency program at University Hospitals and Clinics and was hired to a permanent position. He became Director of Operations at the Hospital in 1982. In 1992, Mr. Hart became General Director University Hospitals and Clinics, and in 1993, he was named President of the University of Minnesota Health System. He resigned from the position in 1995, but served as consultant for the Hospital's sale to Fairview.

Lillehei, Katherine

lillehei.jpg Katherine Lillehei received her nursing diploma in 1943 and her B.S. in Nursing in 1950 from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. After graduating, she worked as a nurse at University Hospital. She was married to the pioneering cardiac surgeon C. Walton Lillehei. She also remained involved with the School of Nursing, playing a prominent role in its fundraising efforts and serving on the board of the School of Nursing Foundation.

Manthey, Marie

MManthey.jpg Marie Manthey served as associate director of nursing at the University of Minnesota Hospital from 1964 to 1971. During her tenure at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Manthey led the development of primary nursing and is recognized, nationally and internationally, as the founder of primary nursing.

Marks, Florence

FMarks.jpg Florence Marks earned her B.S. in nursing in 1953 and her M.A. in nursing administration in 1956, both from the University of Minnesota. From 1953 to 1954, she worked as a general staff nurse and assistant head nurse at University Hospital. From 1956 to 1961, she worked as a nursing supervisor at the Variety Club Heart Hospital at the University of Minnesota. In 1962, she became special assistant to the director of Nursing Services at the University Hospital.

Quie, Paul

Paul-G-Quie-MD 2.jpeg Paul Quie completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics since 1958. From 1979 until 1984, Dr. Quie was Chief of Staff at the University Hospitals and Clinics, and in 1985 he was the first director of the University's Biomedical Ethics Center.

Vikmanis, Villis "Vik"

Villis Vikmanis earned his bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Minnesota in 1961. After holding various positions in state government, Mr. Vikmanis returned to the University and became a full-time consultant to the Hospitals' cost containment task force in 1983. In November of that same year, he served as assistant to the vice president in Central Administration at the University. He was then appointed assistant vice president for the health sciences in September of 1984. He also served on the Hospital Board of Governors. He held these two positions until he retired in 1998.

Westerman, John

JWesterman.JPG John Westerman earned bachelor's in law in 1954 and a bachelor's in business administration with a major in finance in 1958. He earned his masters in hospital administration 1960. He completed his administrative residency at University Hospital under Ray Amberg from 1959 to 1961. After working elsewhere, Westerman returned to the University of Minnesota to work with Dr. Richard Magraw, under Dean Robert Howard, on expanding the Comprehensive Clinic. As the project grew, he transferred to President O. Meredith Wilson's office as an executive secretary, serving as the coordinator of the Committee for Long Range Planning in the Health Sciences. After serving in this position from 1964 to 1966, he took over as general director of University Hospitals and Clinics in November of 1966. He served in this position until 1982.