Leadership Awards


NCHL recognizes leaders across the spectrum of healthcare via its leadership award programs.

Best Organizations for Leadership Development

Every two years, a team of researchers update the National Leadership Survey based on the state-of-the-science in leadership development. By completing the survey, participating organizations are able to be compare their approaches to leadership develop to evidence-based practice as well as other health systems using the customized scorecard generated from survey responses.

Organizations that have exemplary approaches to leadership development are also eligible for high-profile recognition as a part of the Best Organizations for Leadership Development (BOLD) program. Since 2014, the biennial BOLD Award recognizes hospitals and health systems that are leading the field in preparing current and future generations of leaders needed to transform our health system. BOLD top-ranking and honorable mention organizations are recognized at NCHL’s Human Capital Investment Conference in November. The BOLD program will run again in 2022.

Centura HealthAkron Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital of Los AngelesAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Children's Health System of TexasAtrium Health
Cleveland ClinicHartford Healthcare
Cone HealthLucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Henry Ford Health SystemMount Sinai Health System
Intermountain HealthcareRush University Medical Center
Tampa General Hospital
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence 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.


2020 Gail L. Warden Leadership Award

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President & CEO, National League for Nursing
Healthcare Leader | Accomplished Innovator | Nursing Champion

In 2020, NCHL honored Dr. Beverly Malone, president & CEO of the National League for Nursing (NLN). Dr. Malone is a visible national and global thought leader on issues facing the nursing profession, including diversity, the nurse educator shortage, and workforce development. Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, including as federal deputy assistant secretary for health under President Bill Clinton. Dr. Malone has been ranked among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, which also honored her on their biennial list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare and in 2020 named her to the inaugural list of five Minority Healthcare Luminaries. Read more about Dr. Malone and our previous award winners here.

2020 Gail L. Warden Leadership Award Selection Committee

Co-chair: Peter W. Butler, Rush University
Co-chair: Jill Schwieters, JAS & Associates
Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic
Bob Clarke, Furst Group
Damon Boatwright, SSM Health – Wisconsin Regional
Joanne M. Conroy, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Edgar J. Curtis, Memorial Health System
David Ertel, Vizient, Inc.
David Feinberg, MD, Google Health
Rod Hochman, MD, Providence and 2019 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award
Michelle Hood, American Hospital Association
Shoou-Yih (Daniel) Lee, PhD, University of Michigan
Jessica T. Melton, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Joseph Moscola, Northwell Health
Brian Peters, Michigan Health & Hospital Association