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HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM'S GAIL L. WARDEN NAMED 'CEO OF THE YEAR'

 DETROIT, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Gail L. Warden today was named "CEO of the Year" by the American Hospital Association Society for Healthcare Planning and Marketing. The announcement was made at the society's annual conference in Chicago.
 Warden was one of four individuals honored by the society "for outstanding performance in the area of health care strategic planning and marketing." He was cited for "leadership in leading implementation of a planning process designed to help the system meet the health care delivery needs of the community in the year 2000 and beyond."
 Warden, who came to Henry Ford Health System in 1988, is considered the primary catalyst in the transformation of Henry Ford affiliates into an integrated regional health system often cited as a model for how a system should be organized to achieve health reform.
 Under his leadership, Henry Ford Health System has become a community-focused patient care delivery model with a focus on Total Quality Management and on innovative approaches in health care delivery and insurance products.
 During his tenure at Henry Ford Health System, Warden has restructured the organization to streamline operations and governance. A new management structure was established, creating the Office of the President and three management teams focusing on operations, physician issues and staff services.
 Other initiatives have included:
 -- Development of a Systemwide strategic planning process.
 -- Development of the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center including academic and research programs.
 -- A major philanthropy effort to provide funding for 25 endowed chairs.
 -- An academic affiliation with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.
 -- A joint venture with Mercy Health Services to provide coordinated services in the metropolitan tri-county area.
 -- With Mercy, serving as a core provider of services in a community care partnership health benefits product to be marketed by Blue Care Network.
 Warden was featured as one of the five leading health care executives in the U.S. by Business Week magazine in March, 1990. He was chairman of the Michigan Medicaid Task Force and has taken a leadership role in developing regional health system legislation in Michigan.
 He is a member of the AHA Board of Trustees, member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, has been an adviser to the Clinton administration's Health Care Delivery Task Force, and has taken the lead in studying health systems development in the U.S. He is past chairman of the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
 Prior to joining Henry Ford Health System, Warden was president and CEO of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle. Previous positions include executive vice president of the AHA and executive vice president-chief operations officer of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
 He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a master of hospital administration from the University of Michigan.
 Henry Ford Health System, Michigan's second-largest health system and one of the nation's most integrated systems, includes Henry Ford Hospital, the 903-bed teaching and research hospital in Detroit recognized as a leader in heart, brain, and bone services as well as cancer, transplantation, genetics and other specialities. The hospital and the 35 medical centers throughout southeastern Michigan are staffed by Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the nation's largest group practices, and the Metro Medical Group.
 HFHS also includes Wyandotte, Cottage and Kingswood hospitals; Health Alliance Plan, Michigan's largest health maintenance organization; Home Health Care; two nursing homes; and a number of other health-related services.
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 /NOTE: Warden is a resident of Grosse Pointe, Mich. CONTACT: Diana Leone, Doreen Saputo or Rich Swenson of Henry Ford Hospital, 313-876-2882/


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