Lister Hill Society

The Lister Hill Society, the Annual Fund of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS), is dedicated to the support and advancement of medical education, healthcare services, and research, with particular emphasis on primary care and rural healthcare.

The Society is named for one of Alabama’s most distinguished public servants, a lifelong advocate of innovative public-health programs in the state and nation. Lister Hill was first elected to the United States Congress at the age of 29, and he remained there for almost 50 years, first in the House of Representatives then for 30 years in the Senate. He was the son of a distinguished physician in Montgomery, Alabama, who had studied under Sir Joseph Lister in London.

Senator Hill was a graduate of this university and its law school. Perhaps because of his father’s influence, his most memorable achievements in Congress were in healthcare legislation. He recognized the dire shortage of hospitals throughout the country, particularly in rural areas. The passage of the Hill-Burton Act in 1946 led to the construction of 9,200 new hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and public-health facilities throughout the country. Alabama participated fully with the Act and over the next two decades, 65 of Alabama’s 67 counties had constructed “Hill-Burton” hospitals.

Senator Hill’s contributions to the nation’s health are manifold. He was a major advocate in the Senate in establishing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the preeminent medical research organization in the world. A wing of the National Library of Medicine on the NIH campus is named for him, as is the Lister Hill Library of the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.

When you donate to the Lister Hill Society, your gift will be used to support the educational programs of both our medical students and family medicine residents in such areas as international travel opportunities, the annual medical student honors convocation, and will also support the College funding initiatives such as geriatric programming.  In the past, Lister Hill funds have also been used to renovate the Willard Auditorium at DCH hospital, fund the Dr. Bill deShazo Sports Medicine Center and The University of Alabama Endowed chair of Sports Medicine for Family Physicians, and helped to construct the current CCHS building.

Thank you for your interest in the College of Community Health Sciences.  If you wish to schedule a visit or learn more about our funding initiatives, please call Andrew Richardson, Director of Advancement, at (205) 348-5701.