Nancy Schlichting Selected as One of Top 25 Women in Healthcare

April 08, 2013

DETROIT – Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, has been selected one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

The selection, made by the editors of Modern Healthcare magazine, was to honor executives in all fields of health care “for making a positive difference in the industry.”

This is the third time that Schlichting has received this recognition from the magazine.

“Nancy’s vision, as well as the implementation strategy she has deployed with her leadership team, is the reason Henry Ford Health System is a national benchmark for quality, innovation and diversity,” says Sandy Pierce, chair of Henry Ford Health System.

In the summary about Schlichting, Modern Healthcare wrote:

“Nancy Schlichting, 58, joined Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System in 1998 as senior vice president and chief administrative officer, but has served as president and CEO since 2003. She is credited for leading the $4 billion system with more than 23,000 employees through a financial turnaround, helping it to start turning a profit in 2003, after previously posting losses. In 2011, Schlichting accepted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, largely earned for Henry Ford’s “No Harm” patient-safety campaign.”

The 2013 candidates were judged on five criteria:

  • Successfully served as a leader or managed an organization or company.
  • Shown the ability or power to effect change in the healthcare industry.
  • Demonstrated a willingness to share expertise with others in the field.
  • Served as a role model or mentor to other female healthcare executives.
  • Assumed a leadership position in the industry outside of the candidates' own organization or company.

Others named include Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. surgeon general; Leah Binder. president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group; Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association; Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; and Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans.