Umbdenstock LectureL. R. (Rush) Jordan had a distinguished career as a healthcare executive and educator. His vision and leadership fundamentally changed the healthcare delivery system.

From 1987 – 2002, Jordan served as professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and provided residency/fellowship opportunities for UAB students. When he retired from UAB, the L.R. Jordan Distinguished Lecture Series was established to sustain his legacy of integrating healthcare practitioners into the classroom. This lecture series brings prominent health care leaders to the UAB campus.

In addition to his service to the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, he led the transformation process for numerous healthcare organizations including Duke University Medical Center, Birmingham Baptist Hospitals, Ochsner Clinics and Foundation, Shands at the University of Florida, and Miami Valley Hospital. He contributed significantly to health administration education by serving as Chair of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.

Jordan's vision for improving the coordination and delivery of health care was evident by being one of the founding members of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. He was an exemplary mentor to hundreds of students who have become today’s senior healthcare executives. And in this capacity, he played a significant role in developing many men and women into leaders who have made important contributions to management of the health services delivery system.

When he retired from active practice in 1987, his friends and colleagues honored him by establishing the L. R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Services Administration at UAB, one of the first endowed chairs in the country to be named for a practicing healthcare executive.

For his tremendous contributions to the field of health administration, Rush Jordan was inducted into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame in 2000.