Henry Ford Health System CEO to chair America's Essential Hospitals board

America's Essential Hospitals, an association representing more than 300 hospitals, appointed Wright Lassiter III, as its new board chair, effective July 1.

Mr. Lassiter is president and CEO of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, a role he has held since 2014. He has also served on the association's board of directors since 2014 and became chair-elect last year.

As CEO of Henry Ford Health System, he developed and maintained a Next Generation ACO, oversaw two mergers and created a physician wellness program.

Prior to his current role, he was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif. He holds a master's degree in health care administration from Indianapolis-based Indiana University.

America's Essential Hospitals conducts advocacy, policy development, research and education efforts on behalf of its hospitals.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 2:44 p.m. on July 10 to accurately reflect the number of hospitals America's Essential Hospitals represents. It previously said 200 hospitals, but the number was updated to more than 300.

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