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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.


Bachelor of Arts (National Office Management Association scholar), Augsburg College, 1964;Master of Hospital Administration (United States Public Health Service trainee), University of 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, U. Kansas Medical Center, 1970-1976;executive director hospitals, U. 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 of Minnesota. Instructor program inhealth administration U. Colorado School Medicine.

Branch-site visiting, member of advisory committee Department of Health, Education and Welfare General Clinical Research Center. Member task force on associate degreee in nursing Kellogg Foundation.


Director Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado. Chairman of the Board Minnesota Master of Hospital Administration Alumni Foundation, seminar and institute speaker. Member American College Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Association American Medical Colls.

(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 of the board association trust).


Married Carol Joyce Slater, April 25, 1975. Children– Mark, Michael, Bradford, Matthew, Martin, Catherine, Mitchell.