Ford Health Systems President Emeritus Wins Award


DETROIT — Gail Warden, president emeritus of Henry Ford Health System, has been awarded a top health care quality award in the United States.

The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards recognize major achievements of individuals and organizations in improving patient safety and health care quality, consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy, which are better care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care.

Warden was recognized for his continued work to improve and assure the well-being of hospitalized patients. During his tenure as president and CEO from 1988 to 2003, he oversaw the creation of the Henry Ford Health System.

Among his many notable accomplishments, he served on an Institute of Medicine committee that issued two groundbreaking reports which prompted health care organizations nationwide to identify and fix medical errors to minimize patient risk, and strive to achieve “perfect” health care. 

He has been named as one of the top 25 most influential individuals in the industry over the past 25 years and also as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2001 and 2002, respectively. In 2012, he received the Institute of Medicine’s coveted Adam Yarmolinsky Award for distinguished service in health care.

Warden won in the individual recognition category. He will receive the award Feb.13, in Washington, D.C.