Who's on the board behind claims against Detroit Medical Center?

The oversight board of Detroit Medical Center has issued a report raising concerns about quality and capital spending at the private, for-profit system, among other issues.

The report comes from the Legacy DMC board, which oversees capital investment commitments associated with the 2011 sale of DMC to private, for-profit Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare purchased Vanguard Health Systems, including its subsidiary, VHS of Michigan, in 2013, and Tenet is responsible for ensuring the commitments established with the initial sale to Vanguard are fulfilled. Each year, the Legacy DMC Board provides a report to the Michigan attorney general's office regarding the status of these commitments.

Here are the members of the board behind the most recent report:

  • Richard Widgren (chair), president of Life Beyond Barriers, a subsidiary of management consultant Urban Science
  • Candyce Abbatt, attorney at Fried Saperstein Abbatt law firm
  • John M. Barnwell, MD, chief of surgery and surgical services Sinai-Grace Hospital
  • U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg
  • Cynthia Ford, vice chair of the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation
  • Matt Friedman, with Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
  • Marcus Ivery, Wayne County
  • Patti Kukula, City of Detroit
  • Yale Levin, executive vice president of Soave Enterprises, a holding company
  • David Nicholson, PVS Chemicals
  • Gloria Robinson, retired CEO of Heritage Vision Plans
  • Alan Schwartz, vice chair of Honigman business law firm
  • Herbert C. Smitherman Jr. MD, vice dean of diversity and community affairs and associate professor of internal medicine at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is also president and CEO of the Health Centers Detroit Foundation
  • Mary Stephens-Ferris (secretary and treasurer), retired president of Detroit Community Health Center
  • Lorna Thomas, MD, chair of the DMC Foundation
  • Rhonda Welburn, attorney at Dickinson Wright law firm


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