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

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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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