CEO Nancy Schlichting: Powerful Leader of Henry Ford Health System

Nancy Schlichting, MBA, has served as president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit since June 2003.

Ms. Schlichting joined Henry Ford Health System in 1998 as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. She has also served as COO of Henry Ford Health System and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital prior to becoming president and CEO.

In her nearly 20-year career at the helm of the health system, Ms. Schlichting has spearheaded many projects and advancements. Arguably, though, the biggest change for Henry Ford Health System led by Ms. Schlichting came last October, when the system signed a letter of intent to merge with Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health System. "Our shared vision is to form a new organization that will develop improved approaches to patient care that will lead the nation in quality outcomes, service, access and reliability," she said in the merger announcement. "It is a bold and exciting vision that will mean easier, more accessible and more integrated care for our patients." At the time of publication, the merger was still pending.

Beyond the pending mega-merger with Beaumont, Ms. Schlichting has had quite an impact on local, state and national healthcare and business landscapes. For instance, she is on The Kresge Foundation Board, Walgreen Company Board, Federal Bank of Chicago Board – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber Board, Greater Detroit Area Health Council Board and the Detroit Economic Club Board, just to name a few of her activities outside of Henry Ford Health System.

Further, Ms. Schlichting was named on Becker's Hospital Review's 2012 list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know and its 2012 list of 50 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

Ms. Schlichting earned her MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

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