C. Henry Hottum (1913-2006)

Mr. Hottum retired in 1977 as the Administrator of the Methodist Hospitals in Memphis, where he worked for 30 years. He is the past president ofC. Henry Hottum, First President of the TNHFMA the Memphis Kiwanis Club, past president of the Tennessee Hospital Association, and a member of the American College of Hospital Administrators. He was a long time member of Christ United Methodist Church. (Except from Mr. Hottum’s obituary from the The Commercial Appeal on 10/17/2006.)

A Rememberance of Henry Hottum by Carolyn Moffitt

As we research the history of the Healthcare Financial Management Association it becomes apparent that HFMA national awards and commemorations are few and have been reserved for the most prominent founding members of our association. This prestigious group includes C. Henry Hottum, Jr. of Tennessee. Under the old Graham L. Davis method of chapter recognition there were four leagues. One was the C. Henry Hottum Jr. League. Subsequently with the change to the existing system of award measures, Henry Hottum’s name has been associated with the award for Educational Performance Improvement.

C. Henry Hottum Jr. was primarily responsible for establishing the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Hospital Accountants and served as the chapter’s first President. On November 22, 1952, a letter was sent to Mr.Frederick C. Morgan, Secretary-Treasurer of The American Association of Hospital Accountants in Rochester, New York, on the formation of the new chapter. The twenty-two new applications from this initial meeting brought the National membership total to 1,591 members, partially fulfilling National’s goal of 2,000 members by the end of 1953. In April 1953 the Chapter’s membership had risen to 38, and the chapter treasury contained all of $66.00. By June 23, 1953, C.Henry Hottum, had been appointed a director of National AAHA. Henry Hottum served as National AAHA president for a term of 17 months during 1956-57. The American Association of Hospital Accountants changed its name to Hospital Financial Management Association in 1968 and to Healthcare Financial Management Association in 1982 when its membership exceeded 20,000.

During his term as Chair of AAHA, Mr. Hottum set up the fellowship exam to promote professionalism, revised the Constitution and By-Laws, and upgraded the journal, developed hospital accounting correspondence courses and textbooks. He participated on the committee to select the first paid director of AAHA. He attended many of the early annual AAHA Institutes at Indiana University, subsequently helped the faculty at AAHA National Institutes and served on the national faculty. He helped many of the early leaders thorught the country, especially in the South, in the development of AAHA.

Iry E. Lowrey, also a charter member of the Tennessee Chapter, recalls that Mr. Hottum played a major role in th field of hospital accounting. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Mr. Hottum established himself as a leader in hospital accounting circles, both in Tennessee and on a national level. He was an advocate of hospital cost analysis and internal cost reports during the early 1950’s. He was one of the first to use the early versions of the American Hospital Association’s uniform hospital accounting system. He assisted in drafting and improving a subsequent AHA uniform chart of accounts that was distributed nationwide. He taught uniform hospital accounting in early sessions of the AAHA national meetings at Indiana University and at Tennessee Chapter meetings. He personally conducted one of these classes in Memphis at his hospital location - Methodist - in 1961; ( Iry Lowrey and I were members of that class).

Each Year the Tennessee Chapter Board of Directors honors one chapter member who has made significant contributions to the Chapter in the field of accounting and business office practices. This award is named in honor of C. Henry Hottum, Jr.

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