CEO Named One of the Most Influential People in Healthcare

August 27, 2013


DETROIT – Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, has been selected as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”

The list was published in this week’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Schlichting was the only person selected from Michigan.

The magazine received nearly 28,000 nominations earlier this year. From that, 300 individuals comprised the final ballot. Readers’ votes counted toward 50 percent of the outcome; the other half came from the selection by the senior editors of Modern Healthcare.

The ranking, says the magazine, is to honor “individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.”

This is the sixth time that Schlichting has been selected as one of the most influential in healthcare. She also has been recognized three times as one of the magazine’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

According to the magazine, the top five influential people in healthcare are:

  1. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Health and Human Services
  2. Dr. John Kitzhaber, governor of Oregon
  3. Barack Obama, president of the United States
  4. Stephen Hemsley, president and CEO, UnitedHealth Group, Minn.
  5. Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator, Baltimore

Schlichting is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for its award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.

Earlier this year, it was reported that for the 10th consecutive year, Henry Ford Health System experienced positive revenue growth and net income in 2012. Henry Ford reported total revenues of $4.46 billion in 2012, an increase of $490 million from the $3.97 billion total revenues in 2011.

About Henry Ford

Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. The system includes the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, seven hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a full continuum of care. In 2012, Henry Ford provided $234 million in uncompensated care. The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 23,000 employees. Henry Ford is a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The health system is led by CEO Nancy Schlichting. To learn more, visit