Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Gail L. Warden
Inducted in 2007
Under Warden’s leadership, Henry Ford Health System’s revenue grew from under $1 billion to $3.5 billion, and the staff head count more than doubled to 18,000 from 8,000.
Part of that growth came from Warden’s bringing the organization’s health plan into the fold in a more significant way, a former colleague once said. He also led an effort to better integrate the Detroit-based system’s hospitals and medical groups.
Warden came to the Henry Ford system from a Chicago hospital then-known as Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, now known as Rush University Medical Center, where Warden was executive vice president and chief operating officer.
In Michigan, Warden would lobby the state to address the uninsured problem. Warden would go on to serve on the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the groundbreaking To Err is Human report published in 1999 that detailed how as many as 98,000 people die every year from medical errors.