Nancy M. Schlichting

Chief Executive Officer
Henry Ford Health System


Nancy M. Schlichting is Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System, a nationally recognized $4 billion health care organization with 23,000 employees. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.

Schlichting joined Henry Ford Health System in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. In 1999 she became its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2001 she assumed an additional role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Hospital, and is credited for its financial turnaround. In June 2003, Schlichting was named President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. Her vision is to create tremendous clinical excellence, a fabulous patient experience, and a great environment for all health care professionals to advance their careers. Schlichting believes that great people are the key to providing great health care, and therefore, is committed to giving her employees everything they need to become the best possible health care professionals.

A hallmark of Schlichting’s career is working with community, legislative and business leaders to improve health services while providing affordable care. Nancy serves on numerous community, professional, and corporate boards that reflect both her professional and personal interests. She is a member of The Kresge Foundation Board, Walgreen Company Board, Federal Bank of Chicago Board – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber Board, Greater Detroit Area Health Council Board, Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, Detroit Economic Club Board, Downtown Detroit Partnership Board and United Way of Southeastern Michigan Board. Nancy is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Michigan Women’s Forum.

Nancy has an exceptional ability to balance her service to the community with her own exemplary career that has resulted in many forms of recognition over the years. In 2011 Nancy was named for the second time one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare“ by Modern Healthcare magazine. Becker’s Hospital Review named Nancy one of its “Women to Know in Health Care.” Crain’s Detroit business named her one of 16 “Women to Watch.” WJR honored her with its “Women Who Lead” award. Crime Stoppers recognized Nancy with its first “Eleanor Josaitis Visionary Leadership Award.” Vanguard Community Development selected Nancy as its recipient of the “3rd E. L. Vann Visionary Award.” In 2010 Nancy received the “Grassroots Champion Award” from the American Hospital Association, was named one of Ten Metro Detroit’s Most Powerful Women in Business by DBusiness magazine, received the “Excellence in Leadership Award” from One Hundred Black Men of Greater Detroit organization, the “Excellence in Health Care Award” from the Arab American and Chaldean Council and the “Excellence in Community Health Services Award" from Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

In 2009 Nancy received the “Lung Health Champion Award” from the American Lung Association, was named a “Health Care Hero” by MichUHCAN and received the “Powerful Woman of Purpose Award” from the Rhonda Walker Foundation. In 2008, Modern Healthcare magazine named her one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” for the fourth year in a row. In 2008, B’nai B’rith International named Nancy the recipient of its “Great American Traditions Award.” Also in 2008, she received the first “Sophie J. Womack Trail Blazer of the Year Award” from the Detroit Community Health Connection and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Walsh College.

In 2007 Modern Healthcare magazine named Nancy one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” Crain’s Detroit Business named Nancy its 2007 “Health Care Hero” and one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Detroit” for a second time. Also in 2007, she was the recipient of the Wayne State University College of Nursing “2007 Lifeline Award,” the Arthritis Foundation “Tribute to Excellence” award, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion “Humanitarian Award” and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference “Outstanding Achievements in Health Care Award.” In 2006, Crain’s Detroit Business named Schlichting one of Detroit’s Most Powerful People (ranked 16th out of 51 and the only person from the healthcare field.) In 2005, Schlichting was chosen as one of the top ten Newsmakers of the Year by Crain’s Detroit Business, selected as a winner of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association “Health Care Leadership” Award, received The Michigan Business & Professional Association “Distinguished Leadership Award,” Operation Able Exemplar Award, The American Jewish Committee “National Human Relations Award” and the Michigan Women Foundation “Women of Achievement and Courage Award.”

Schlichting received her A.B. in Public Policy Studies, Magna Cum Laude, from Duke University and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She and her family reside in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.