G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Elbert E Gilbertson

Elbert E. "Gil" Gilbertsons ' 54

After graduation, Elbert E. "Gil" Gilbertson, Boise, Idaho, went on to earn a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota. He spent the majority of his career as president/administrator of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center/Mountain States Tumor Institute, which he built from a small community hospital into one of the Intermountain West’s most successful health organizations.

Throughout his career, Gilbertson served in a number of leadership offices, including chair of the American Hospital Association, the industry’s major trade association. He received the American Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award and the American College of HealthCare Executives Gold Medal Award in 1988.

That same year, Gilbertson ended his 27-year career with the hospital. He remained active in such organizations as the YMCA, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Visiting Nurse Association and Idaho Botanical Gardens. Most recently he has chaired the City of Boise Mayor’s Vision Committee.

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