Hughston to be honored for impact on Columbus area business

The late Jack C. Hughston, founder of the Hughston Clinic, will be honored today at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Hughston's portrait will be unveiled in the chamber's Business Hall of Recognition, which has been dedicated to influential business leaders who have been instrumental in the region's business success. His painting will join portraits of past inductees including Bill Heard, James Blanchard, James Yancey, Bill Turner, George Woodruff and John, Paul and Bill Amos.

In 1949, Hughston founded the Hughston Clinic, which provides specialty care in orthopedics, sports medicine, and internal and occupational medicine. Since then, the organization has grown to 19 physicians and various locations in seven Southeastern cities.

The clinic has provided care to many of the world's foremost athletes, including Jack Nicklaus, Bo Jackson, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Mize, Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Steffi Graf.

Phenix City's Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, purchased by a group of Hughston Clinic doctors in February 2008, is also named after the late physician.