The Journal of Health Care Finance paid tribute to Dr. Louis Gapenski by dedicating an entire issue to his legacy. An internationally recognized health care finance expert, Dr. Gapenski served on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy for nearly 30 years before passing away on April 20.
[Photo: Dr. Louis Gapenski]
The fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care Finance features more than a dozen research articles that are motivated by or related to Dr. Gapenski’s work. These include articles on organizational and environmental factors associated with hospital profitability; organizational characteristics associated with hospital financial performance; accounting strategies for hospitals; and public health finance.
“Dr. Gapenski was an acknowledged leader in the field and many who are in health care finance learned from his books,” said Dr. Arch G. Mainous III, chair of the UF department of health services research, management and policy and the Florida Blue endowed chair of health administration.
Dr. Gapenski wrote the definitive textbook on health care finance, along with several best-selling textbooks, and is the author of a popular American College of Healthcare Executives self-study program in health care finance. His books are used nationally and internationally, having been translated into nine languages, and he taught courses and gave seminars at institutions around the world.
“Lou’s textbooks and casebook in health care finance were novel and innovative in that they offered the rigorous finance training commonly found in business schools, but using language and context that would speak to those whose passion was health care,” write Dr. Kristin L. Reiter and Dr. George H. Pink, both of the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the article, “Remembering Louis C. Gapenski.”