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Health Care Hall of Fame

Dan Wilford
Inducted in 2009

Dan Wilford
1940-
Inducted in 2009

Wilford, the former president of Houston’s Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, knows how to follow a playbook.

The former CEO—who was also a National Football League official—was instrumental in creating the system out of a merger between Memorial Hospital in Houston and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in the Texas Medical Center.

In 1996, the same year that the merger took place, Wilford was given the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. A former colleague once said about Wilford, “I remember him saying, ‘It was impossible to do the wrong thing right. … If we do the right thing, the bottom line and financial success will follow.’ ”

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