Nancy Schlichting Receives ACHE Regent's Award

July 14, 2014

DETROIT- Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

The award was presented at the recent annual meeting of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association on Mackinac Island.

The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.

Members are evaluated on leadership ability; innovative and creative management; executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community; contributions to the development of others in the healthcare profession; leadership in local, state or provincial hospital and health association activities; participation in civic/community activities and projects; participation in ACHE activities; and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Schlichting has served as CEO of Henry Ford Health System since June 2003.

The award was bestowed on Schlichting by Christina Freese-Decker, ACHE’s Regent for Michigan & Northwest Ohio and Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

Schlichting is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence.

She serves on several national and community boards, including The Kresge Foundation, Walgreen Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber (Past Chair), Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, Detroit Economic Club, and Downtown Detroit Partnership.

In addition, Schlichting has served on the boards of the American Hospital Association and Premier, and chaired the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

Schlichting received her A.B. in Public Policy Studies, Magna Cum Laude from Duke University, and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She has also been the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Walsh College and Central Michigan University.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its education programs – including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants – and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses. For additional information, visit

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