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Merlin Iver Olson

Merlin Iver Olson, American hospital administrator, consultant.


  • Olson, Merlin Iver was born on August 22, 1941 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Iver Berton and Myrtle Alice (Langness) Olson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor (National Office Management Association scholar), Augsburg College, 1964. Master of Hospital Administration (United States Public Health Service trainee), University Minnesota, 1966.


    • Assistant to business manager Mount Sinai Hospital, Minneapolis, 1963-1964. Administrative assistant Miller Hospital, St. Paul, 1965-1967. Associate director Variety Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida, 1967-1970.

      Administrator University Kansas Medical Center, 1970-1976. Executive director hospitals University Colorado Medical Center, 1976-1979. President Robert Douglass Associates, since 1979.

      Also consultant; clinical preceptor program in hospital and health care administration, member resident faculty summer sessions University Minnesota. Instructor program in health administration University Colorado School Medicine. Branch-site visiting, member advisory committee Department of Health General Clinical Research Center.

      Member task force on associate degreee in nursing Kellogg Foundation.


    • Author: The Role of the Chief Executive, 1974, Problem Solving and Decision Making, 1974, Administration of Supportive Services, 1975. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Director Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado. Chairman board Minnesota Master of Hospital Administration Alumni Foundation, seminar and institute speaker. Member American College Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Association American Medical Colleges (general assembly, task force on graduate medical education), American Association Hospital Planning (directors), Western University Hospital Council, Council University Teaching Hospitals, Colorado Hospital Association (council legislation affairs, president board association trust).


    • Married Carol Joyce Slater, April 25, 1975. Children– Mark, Michael, Bradford, Matthew, Martin, Catherine, Mitchell.
    • father: Iver Berton Olson
    • mother: Myrtle Alice (Langness) Olson
    • spouse: Carol Joyce Slater
    • children: Mark Olson
    • Michael Olson
    • Bradford Olson
    • Matthew Olson
    • Martin Olson
    • Catherine Olson
    • Mitchell Olson
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