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Gail L. Warden

Gail Warden is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, serving on its Board of Health Care Services, Committee on Quality Health Care in America, which authored to Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm.  He also served two terms on its Governing Council and chairs its Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System.  Mr. Warden is chairman emeritus and board member of the National Quality Forum, and the founding chair of the newly-created National Center for Healthcare Leadership.  He serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, where he is an Emeritus Member, the Board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the RAND Health Board of Advisors.

Mr. Warden holds the position of vice chairman and trustee for the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Board of Directors and is director emeritus and past chairman of the Board for the National Committee on Quality Assurance.  In addition, Mr. Warden chairs the Detroit Zoological Society Board of Directors, City Year Detroit, and the newly-created Detroit Wayne County Health Authority.  He is also a director for the National Research Corporation’s Board of Directors in Lincoln, Nebraska and Comerica Bank’s Board of Directors, where he serves as chair for Comerica’s Public Responsibility Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Bon Secours Cottage Health Services Foundation, and co-chairs Bon Secours Cottage Health Services Foundation Capital Campaign.  Warden is a past member of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Board of Directors and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Commission’s Board of Directors.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed him to the Federal Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.  In 1995, Mr. Warden served as chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Pew Health Professions Commission, the National Commission on Civic Renewal and past chairman of the Health Research & Educational Trust Board of Directors and the Greater Detroit Area Health Council.

Throughout his career, Mr. Warden has received several significant awards. In 2002-2003 and 2004, Modern Healthcare selected him as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”  Also, in 2002, Warden was ranked 14th and was the list’s highest ranked leader of a health care delivery system. In 2001, Modern Health Care Magazine named him one of the top 25 most influential individuals in the industry over the past 25 years.  Yale University presented him with the first Thompson Visiting Fellowship Award, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance gave him the Health Quality Award.  In 2000, Mr. Warden received the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest leadership recognition, and the Health Research & Educational Trust gave him the first Walter J. McNerney Fellowship Award for Health System Improvement.  Mr. Warden received the American College of Health Care Executives’ 1999 Gold Medal Award, its highest honor.  Early in his career, the same organization selected him as Young Health Care Executive of the Year.

Mr. Warden is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan.  He has an honorary doctorate in public administration from Central Michigan University, and is a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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