History of the Award


The Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award honors a healthcare leader whose commitment, values, and contributions embody the vision of NCHL to improve the health of the public through leadership and organizational excellence. The Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made significant leadership contributions to the health and healthcare field. Award winners come from many sectors, including healthcare delivery, community health, public health, insurance, suppliers, public policy, government, professional/trade associations, research, and academic institutions.

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) has named its National Healthcare Leadership Award in honor of Gail L. Warden, founding chairman of the NCHL board, Chairman Emeritus of Henry Ford Hospital System and one of healthcare's foremost leaders. This distinction is being made in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an innovator in healthcare delivery, community wellness, and health policy, and as a mentor and inspiration to future generations. Gail has truly been a force for change in healthcare. This enduring tribute is in recognition of his legacy of leadership.