Three industry luminaries will be inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame next month.
The newest members of the hall are longtime hospital executive Gail Warden; Nancy Brinker, the founder of one of Americaís best-known cancer charities; and Charles Patteson Cardwell Jr., a former hospital administrator.
The hall is sponsored by Modern Healthcare. A panel of industry judges made the selections.
Warden, a former executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, served as president and chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit from 1988 to June 2003. Now president emeritus, he is also board chairman of the Chicago-based National Center of Healthcare Leadership.
Brinker is the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which she formed in Dallas two years after her sister, Susan Komen, died of breast cancer in 1980. The Dallas-based organization has raised almost $1 billion.
Cardwell, a civil engineer, began his career with the Medical College of Virginia in 1940 as the director of the department of buildings and grounds, and was named director of the hospital division seven years later. He later founded the school of hospital administration at the institution, which is now Virginia Commonwealth University. Cardwell was vice president of development and community relations when he retired in 1969. He died in 1977.
The three inductees will join 74 other healthcare visionaries in the hall. The induction ceremony will be held March 18 at the JW Marriott hotel in New Orleans in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives annual congress.
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