Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Loretta C. Ford
Inducted in 1995
In 1965, Ford founded an experimental pediatric nurse practitioner graduate program at the University of Colorado. It started with 12 women. Ten years after the program opened, there were more than 10,000 nurse practitioners across the country. Ford founded the nurse practitioner movement. Ford came to the university in 1960—first as an assistant professor and then as a full professor—following an 11-year stint as a public health nursing supervisor at the Boulder, Colo., city and county health departments. Ford stayed at the University of Colorado until 1972 when she moved to New York and became the founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.