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Geisinger president and CEO to receive health care leadership excellence award

Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. to be presented award by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership

CONTACTS: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),; Andrew N. Garman, NCHL CEO, 312-942-7892

June 13, 2014


CHICAGO, Ill. – The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), a not-for-profit that works to improve population health by enhancing the capacity of health care leaders, has named Glenn D. Steele Jr. (right), M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System (GHS); and Nancy M. Schlichting, chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), recipients of its 2014 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. The award recognizes their innovative approaches to bringing high-value and accessible health care to their communities, permanently transforming and improving the field.

Throughout his 14-year career at Geisinger, Dr. Steele has distinguished himself by pushing for health care efficiency and innovation through the development of ProvenCare®, designed to improve patient outcomes while reducing the total cost of delivering medicine. He additionally has worked to leverage the relationship between the provider and the payor, bringing high-value medicine – better care at less cost – to the 3 million individuals who live in the Geisinger service area.

Schlichting is credited with creating a patient-centered health system focused on enhancing the patient experience, while at the same time supporting the surrounding communities and creating an organization whose name is synonymous with leadership development and growth.

“The work of Nancy and Glenn embodies some of the most innovative and progressive work that is being done in the delivery of healthcare services today,” NCHL Board Chair Peter W. Butler said. “With a population that is poorer, older, and sicker than the national average, under Glenn’s leadership Geisinger has implemented transparency and accountability at all levels of the organization, while using a team-based approach to build on synergies between provider and payor to succeed at the health system’s triple aim of improving population health, enhancing the patient experience and reducing per capital cost.”

Dr. Steele joined GHS as president and chief executive officer in 2001. Prior to that, he held several executive and physician leadership roles at many prestigious academic centers and health systems including The University of Chicago, Harvard Medical School, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

He received his Ph.D. from the Lund University in Lund, Sweden in 1974, his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1970 and a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating magna cum laude in history and literature, from Harvard College in 1966.

Dr. Steele was the recipient of the Healthcare Financial Management Association Board of Director’s Award (2011) and the Health Research and Education Trust Award (2010).  He was also named five times by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” and its list of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare” for 2007, 2012 and 2013. Dr. Steele is a member of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on High-Performance Health System (2005-2013), the Premier, Inc. board of directors (2007-2013), and he has served in many capacities on the American Hospital Association board of trustees.  

Dr. Steele and Schlichting and will be honored on November 20 at the Leadership Award dinner at the InterContinental Chicago. This celebration, which brings together health care’s luminaries and notable leaders from the nation’s prominent health sector, academic and research organizations, will be held in conjunction with NCHL’s annual Human Capital Investment Conference.

About the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award
The Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership is awarded annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the health field, including the mentoring of future leaders towards the goal of transforming organizational performance and improving health and healthcare in the U.S. It is named for Gail L. Warden, founding chairman of the NCHL Board, Chairman Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System, and one of healthcare’s foremost leaders. The NCHL leadership award was established in 2005.

About the National Center for Healthcare Leadership
The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) is a not-for-profit organization that is an industry catalyst to ensure the availability of accountable and transformational healthcare leadership for the 21st century. Its vision is to improve population health through leadership and organizational excellence. NCHL operates in partnership with Rush University Medical Center and the University of Michigan. For more information please visit NCHL’s website at

About Geisinger
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 21,000 employees, including a 1,100-member multi-specialty group practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.4 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.