Henry Ford Medical Group CEO Appointed

December 21, 2012

DETROIT - William Conway, M.D., has been appointed Henry Ford Health System executive vice president and CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group.

He is currently senior vice president and chief quality officer of Henry Ford Health System.

He will assume his new position immediately and will keep his role as chief quality officer for the health system until a new quality leader is appointed.

In his new position, Dr. Conway will oversee the 1,200-member physician medical group, one of the nation's largest and oldest group practices, representing more than 40 specialties. The medical group trains more than 700 students and residents each year and conducts nearly $70 million in research.

In his new role, Dr. Conway will also serve as a member of the Henry Ford Health System Board of Trustees.

"Dr. Conway brings unique skills to this role, merging his deep experience in quality with innovative ideas to grow and strengthen the Henry Ford Medical Group," says Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System.

Organized by Dr. Conway and his team, Henry Ford has won the “triple crown” in health care quality by being recognized with the:

  • National Business Group on Health -- Patient Safety Leadership Award, which recognizes health systems who are taking a leadership position by visibly displaying their commitment to patient safety through transparency.
  • The John Eisenberg Award for the “No Harm” campaign, which has become a national benchmark.

He also played a key role in the System being named a recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for business performance excellence.

“Henry Ford is in a transformational time and Dr. Conway brings a unique blend of experience and expertise to this leadership role,” says Schlichting.

Dr. Conway is the past chairman of the American Medical Group Association, current chairman of the American Medical Group Foundation and a founder of the Group Practice Improvement Network.

Dr. Conway joined the Henry Ford Medical Group in 1977 as a senior staff physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Since then, he has served in numerous leadership roles for both Henry Ford Health System, including serving as the medical group’s interim CEO. He completed a fellowship and his residency – including serving as chief medical resident – at Henry Ford Hospital.