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AHA NAMES GAIL WARDEN CHAIRMAN-ELECT DESIGNATE

 ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Gail L. Warden, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, was named chairman-elect designate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) board of trustees today at the association's annual convention in Orlando.
 Warden has vast experience as a national leader in the health care field. He has been at the helm of two large health systems, served as the first chairman of the National Committee for Quality Assurance which accredits managed care organizations and served as an adviser to the Clinton administration's Health Care Reform Task Force.
 Under Warden's leadership, Henry Ford Health System is viewed as a national model of how health care should be delivered under a reformed system. Henry Ford Health System formed an alliance with Mercy Health Services to optimize Health care services delivered to residents of southeastern Michigan. That partnership has led to another joint venture among the two health care providers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Both partnerships are collaborative arrangements designed to improve the quality of patient care, reduce the duplication of services being offered and to cut health care costs.
 Warden becomes AHA chairman-elect on Jan. 1, 1994, and will be chairman of the 25-member board of trustees in 1995. The year after, he serves as speaker of the AHA House of Delegates, the highest governing body of the association, comprised of representatives from hospitals and health care systems.
 A member of the AHA board since 1992, Warden is a member of the strategic planning committee and served on the special committee on new directions evaluation from 1990-91. Other AHA involvements include: the AHA House of Delegates from 1988-89; chairman of the governing council of the AHA's health care systems section in 1988; and member, special committee on alternatives to DRG-based prospective pricing. He was also recognized this year by the AHA's Society for Healthcare Planning and Marketing for his innovation in strategic planning and developing local collaborative agreements with other health care providers.
 Among his other involvements, Warden is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Board of the Association for Health Services Research and a member of the Board of the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
 Before coming to the Henry Ford Health System, Warden was president and CEO of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle, a not-for-profit health care system. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president of the AHA and served as executive vice president and COO of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
 Warden received a master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
 The AHA, a not-for-profit association, serves as a national advocate for hospitals, provides education and information for its members and informs the public about hospitals and health care issues.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Gaidamak of AHA, convention press room, 407-345-9636, or AHA Media Relations, 312-280-6129/ CO: American Hospital Association; Henry Ford Health System ST: Michigan IN: HEA SU: PER


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