Loretta C. Ford

An internationally renowned nursing leader, Dr. Loretta C. Ford has transformed the profession of nursing and made health care more accessible to the general public.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Ford discovered that, because of a shortage of primary care physicians in the community, health care for children and families was severely lacking.  In 1965, she partnered with Henry K. Silver, a pediatrician at the University of Colorado Medical Center, to create and implement the first pediatric nurse practitioner model and training program.  The program combined clinical care and research to teach nurses to factor in the social, psychological, environmental and economic situations of patients when developing care plans.

When the program became a national success in 1972, Dr. Ford was recruited to serve as the Founding Dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.  At the university, Dr. Ford developed and implemented the unification model of nursing.  Through the model, clinical practice, education and research were combined to provide nurses with a more holistic education.

Dr. Ford is the author of more than 100 publications and has served as a consultant and lecturer to multiple organizations and universities.  She holds many honorary doctorate degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Living Legend Award from the American Academy of Nursing and the Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.


Loretta C. Ford

Year Honored: 2011

Birth: 1920 -

Born In: New York

Achievements: Science

Educated In: New Jersey, Colorado

Schools Attended: Middlesex General Hospital; University of Colorado, School of Nursing, Boulder; University of Colorado, School of Nursing, Denver; University of Colorado, School of Education; Evergreen Institute