Alan B. Miller

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Alan B. Miller
Born (1937-08-17) August 17, 1937 (age 85)
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Known forFounder and Executive Chairman Universal Health Services

Alan B. Miller (born August 17, 1937) is an American businessman who is the founder of Universal Health Services, and currently serves as the company's executive chairman. Miller founded the company in 1979 and it has grown to become a large provider of hospital and healthcare services in the United states. His company had revenues of $12.6 billion for 2021.[1] In September 2020, UHS announced that, consistent with the company's long-standing succession plan, Alan B. Miller would step down as CEO.[2]

Early years[edit]

Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York on August 17, 1937. His father owned a dry cleaner store and his mother worked for a millinery company. As a youth, Miller enjoyed playing sports and worked for a delivery clerk for a grocery store. He also worked for Western Union.[3]

Miller played basketball in high school. At 6 feet and five inches, he has a height advantage, and his team won a New York City championship in 1954. He received a full scholarship to the University of Utah. He initially started studying in the University of Utah. Ultimately, he graduated from the College of William and Mary. He earned his MBA from The Wharton School. While in college, Miller joined the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), and was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army and served in the 77th Infantry Division after he completed his education.


Miller began his career in the advertising industry at Young & Rubicam in New York, one of the industry's largest advertising agencies. As the agency's youngest vice president, Miller learned about entrepreneurship and risk-taking as he worked with his clients. For example, while he was at Y&R, Miller was instrumental in developing one of the first nationally syndicated television programs, a show called "Cooking With Graham Kerr."

When his former Wharton roommate came to him in 1969 with an idea for a business, Miller decided to leave the advertising industry for a new venture. His new company, called American Medicorp, would build privately owned hospitals in high growth areas—such as California, Nevada, Texas and Florida—that had few hospitals.

Four years later, in 1973, the company was in financial trouble and Miller's partner had left the company. Miller took over as CEO of American Medicorp and engineered a turnaround that brought attention within the healthcare industry. American Medicorp became the target of a hostile takeover by Humana in 1978.[3]

Faced with losing the company, Miller fought Humana's takeover bid. While he was ultimately not able to thwart the takeover, he did force Humana to raise the price it paid for American Medicorp, and generated additional money for all company shareholders.

The day after he lost American Medicorp to a hostile takeover, Alan B. Miller started a new company in the same industry. The new company was called Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS).

Following the same formula for success that had helped him rebuild American Medicorp, Miller has transformed Universal Health Services, Inc. from a start-up company that had six employees and zero revenue in 1979 into a Fortune 500 company that is one of the nation's largest healthcare corporations. The company currently owns more than 400 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory units,[4] has more than 90,000 employees[4] and generates annual revenues of more than $11.4 billion.[5]

In addition to his work with UHS, Miller has served on the boards of directors of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and Broadlane.

In September 2020, consistent with the company's long-standing succession plan, UHS announced that Alan B. Miller would step down as CEO.[6]


In April 1999, Miller received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of American Hospitals in recognition of his work. Miller also received the FAHS Award for leadership in 1978. He was named Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991, an award sponsored by Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch. In 1992, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his "exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to the country" through healthcare. He is a past recipient of the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League.[citation needed] In 1999, he received the William & Mary Medallion, the highest award presented to alumni. In October 2007, the college awarded him the T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Business medallion, the school's highest honor for business achievement.[7] Miller received the George Washington University President's Medal in 2002. He also received the Chairman's Award from the United Negro College Fund. In 2010, Miller received the Horatio Alger Award from the Horatio Alger Association.[8][9] In 2019, Miller was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Pa. for his commitment to healthcare, serving others, and his civic leadership.[10] In 2019, Alan B. Miller received the Distinguished Civilian Award from the Ben Franklin Global Forum in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments in providing behavioral healthcare to active duty military, veterans and their families.[11][12]

Miller has been the list of Modern Healthcare magazine's "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" for 17 consecutive years since 2003.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]


Financial World magazine listed Miller among the Outstanding 1000 CEOs in 1995 and 1996. In October 2014, Miller was awarded the Innovator Award, Healthcare CEO of the Year by Philadelphia Business Journal.[21] In May 2015, Miller was named to Wall Street Journal's "America's Longest-Serving CEO's."[22] In 2015, Miller was also named among CR Magazine's 2015 Responsible CEOs of the Year.[23] In 2019, Alan B. Miller was named to the Forbes "America's Most Innovative Leaders" ranking (#95). The ranking is created by the Forbes editorial team.[24] In 2019, Alan B. Miller was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal 2019 Most Admired CEOs list.[25] In 2019, Alan B. Miller was named to the Fox Business list of 10 military veterans who became CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.[26] In 2020, Alan B. Miller was highlighted in Wall Street Journal article: New Thinking Emerges on Optimal Tenure for a CEO.[27] In 2020, Alan B. Miller was named to the longest living CEOs globally in the S&P 500 by International Business Times.[28]


  2. ^ "Universal Health Services, Inc. Announces Founder Alan B. Miller Plans to Step Down as CEO in January 2021, Continue as Executive Chairman of the Board; Marc D. Miller, President, Appointed Chief Executive Officer | Universal Health Services Inc".
  3. ^ a b Forbes, "Caring Long Term," November 22, 2010, Page 44
  4. ^ a b "Universal Health Services, Inc. Reports 2020 Second Quarter Financial Results | Universal Health Services Inc".
  5. ^ "Universal Health Services, Inc. Reports 2019 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results And 2020 Full Year Earnings Guidance | Universal Health Services Inc".
  6. ^ "Universal Health Services, Inc. Announces Founder Alan B. Miller Plans to Step Down as CEO in January 2021, Continue as Executive Chairman of the Board; Marc D. Miller, President, Appointed Chief Executive Officer | Universal Health Services Inc".
  7. ^ "Miller receives Mason School's Clarke Medallion". The College of William & Mary website. October 19, 2007. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Q&A: Horatio Alger Association To Honor Brooklyn-Born Exec". Brooklyn Eagle. March 17, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Alan B. Miller to be Inducted into Horatio Alger Association in April for Achieving the American Dream". Horatio Alger Association website. March 10, 2010. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Distinguished Citizen: Alan B. Miller". April 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "Alan B. Miller Named Distinguished Civilian for 2019". December 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Fact sheet" (PDF). 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
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  14. ^ "19 newbies join 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list". February 8, 2019. In August 2014, Miller was among the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" for the 12th consecutive year.
  15. ^ "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare: Alan Miller". Modern Healthcare. August 2015. Archived from the original on May 24, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare". Modern Healthcare. August 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2017". Modern Healthcare. August 17, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
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  20. ^ "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare - 2019". Modern Healthcare. February 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "Innovation Awards: Health Care CEO of the Year". October 24, 2014.
  22. ^ Feintzeig, Rachel (May 2015). "52 Years and Counting: America's Longest-Serving CEOs". Wall Street Journal.
  23. ^ "CR Magazine Announces 2015 Responsible CEO of Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists". PR Newswire. September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  24. ^ "Alan Miller". Forbes.
  25. ^ "Most admired CEO's". 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  26. ^ Schmidt, Ann (November 8, 2019). "10 military veterans who became Fortune 500 CEOs". FOXBusiness.
  27. ^ Cutter, Chip (February 3, 2020). "New Thinking Emerges on Optimal Tenure for a CEO". Wall Street Journal – via
  28. ^ Vultaggio, Maria (February 26, 2020). "Infographic: Long Live Buffett". International Business Times.

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