Thomas S. Nantais
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Nantais has been with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for nearly 35 years and is presently the Chief Operating Officer of the Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG), one of the nation’s largest medical groups. His primary role includes the administrative management of the Medical Group’s $900,000,000 operating budget, covering 35 ambulatory sites and 4,000 FTEs, in addition to 1,300 employed physicians, who provide service in over 40 medical and surgical specialties. Nantais also oversees the Group’s physician compensation programs. He is a member of several key HFHS leadership committees, including the System Executive Leadership Team, the System Strategy and Operations Council, as well as an ex-officio member of the HFMG Board of Governors.
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Prior to being appointed HFMG COO in August 2005, Nantais was HFMG’s CFO for the 12 years. His other career stops, within HFHS, included Assistant Vice-President, Corporate Finance, responsible for System business plan development and merger / acquisition analysis. He has also held numerous other financial management positions, within the HFHS, during the course of his career.
Nantais is also an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). The AMGA includes group practices across the U.S., whose 171,000 member physicians, collectively care for one-third of the U.S. population.
He is also presently the Board President of the non-profit Oakland Mediation Center, an emeritus board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and a member of the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, Board of Visitors.
In addition, he was an Adjunct Finance Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for over 20 years. Nantais has also conducted numerous workshops at many national meetings and conferences over the last twenty years in areas such as Physician Compensation, System Integration, and Healthcare Financial Management
In November of 2011, Nantais formed a 501c3 public charity, The Belinda Sue Fund for Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Research, Inc., in memory of his late wife Belinda, who died as a result of this disease in August of 2011. Nantais is Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Fund. To date, the Belinda Sue Fund has raised over $600,000 in private donations, which are being used to raise public awareness of the disease and to promote research in developing a definitive screening tool to identify the disease at its earliest stages
Before joining Henry Ford Health System, Nantais worked in the insurance industry. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Business Administration-Finance degrees from Wayne State University in 1978 and 1982, respectively, and was also a member of the WSU baseball team from 1975-1977.