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Otis L. Story, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy, Gold
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Thou Shall Have No Other Lord. Thou Shall Love Thy the Lord With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Mind And All Thy Soul. And The Second is Like Unto It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1951
Birth Location:
Anniston, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy, Gold
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Thou Shall Have No Other Lord. Thou Shall Love Thy the Lord With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Mind And All Thy Soul. And The Second is Like Unto It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1951
Birth Location:
Anniston
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Biography

Healthcare chief executive Otis Leon Story, Sr. was born on November 17, 1951 in Anniston, Alabama to Martha Lou and Tom Elbert Story, Sr. Story earned his B.A. degree in the social sciences from Cornell University in 1976 and his M.A degree at the University of Chicago in 1977. Story continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned his second M.A. degree in hospital and health administration.

Story began his career at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was appointed as the first African American administrator in the hospital's history. From 1985 to 1990, he worked as an administrator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham-University Hospital; and, in 1990, became the chief operating officer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Newark, New Jersey. From 1996 to 1998, Story served as the associate executive officer of The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. Then, Story began working as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Appointed by the board of directors, Story was named interim president and chief executive officer at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in 2001. From there, Story served as the vice president of operations of the Cooper Health System in Camden, New Jersey. In 2003, he was hired as the executive director at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York City, and worked to amend the center’s bankruptcy status. Story was appointed as the president and chief executive officer of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. In 2012, the Jefferson County Commission in Birmingham, Alabama hired Story to reorganize Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. From 2015 to 2017, Story served as the chief executive officer of East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.

In addition to his other accomplishments, Story also completed a fellowship with the National Association of Public Hospitals. He served as a member of the Regional Policy Boards at the American Hospital Association as well as The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knight Hospitaller.

Story lives with his wife, Ava, in Hoover, Alabama. They have three children together: Jasmyn, Avana, and Prince James.

Otis L. Story, Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 12, 2007, March 20, 2012 and March 27, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his mother's upbringing in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his maternal uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers meeting his white relatives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his maternal grandmother's professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his paternal uncles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the community of Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the major industries in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his family's landlord in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his neighbors in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his early interest in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his childhood illness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his parents' side jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his upbringing in a working class community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at South Highland Elementary School in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the racial tensions in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers being chased by dogs in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes segregation in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the Freedom Rider bus bombing in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the attack on Nat King Cole by Klansmen from Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the attacks on his father in Anniston, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers P.S. 142, Shimer Junior High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the integration of New York City's schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his introduction to basketball in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his high school basketball career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his coursework at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his mentors at John Bowne High School
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his college aspirations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the New York City teachers' strike of 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his involvement in the New York City teachers' strike of 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the New York City Board of Education summer retreat
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his graduation from John Bowne High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his summer basketball league in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers working at the Playland arcade in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his father's hospitalization
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the denial of medical treatment to black patients at Queens General Hospital
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the trip to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers Professor William Keeton
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his freshmen orientation at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his freshman roommate at Cornell University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the black basketball players' strike at Cornell University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the aftermath of the basketball team's strike at Cornell University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his final two years at Cornell University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his aspiration to become a doctor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his admission to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers meeting his second wife
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the role of his wife's family in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his enrollment at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls working under Larry Hawkins at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the political climate at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his decision to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his residency at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the political leaders of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the role and responsibilities of a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his philosophy of service as a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls a lesson from a nun at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his sister's kidney transplant
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about New Jersey's politics
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 3
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his second marriage
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the increase in HIV/AIDS and crack cocaine addiction in New Jersey
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the racial bias in legislative responses to drug addiction
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his work at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his transition to the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his role in the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his position at Quorum Health Resources, LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his position at Quorum Health Resources, LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the preparations for Y2K
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the lack of legislative concern for illnesses in the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his move to Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his consulting work for The Endeavor Group
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his philosophy of hospital economics
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about healthcare reform proposals
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his tenure as CEO of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his tenure as CEO of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his article, 'Preparing Safety Net Hospitals for Healthcare Reform'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the closure of the Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the closure of the Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he came to be CEO of the East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the lack of women's health facilities in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the need for gynecological care for older women
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his behavioral health initiatives
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the closure of hospitals in poor communities
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon the future of healthcare reform
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his accomplishments at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers establishing a partnership with the FBI
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered, pt. 2