HFHS CEO Named One of the Most Influential People in Healthcare

September 16, 2014

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

The list is published in Modern Healthcare magazine.

This is the seventh time that Schlichting has been selected by the magazine, more than anyone else in Michigan.

Schlichting was recently named chair of a 17-person advisory committee that will create a new Innovation District in Detroit, aimed at facilitating new connections and ideas, accelerating the commercialization of those ideas, and supporting the Detroit economy.

She also 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.

Schlichting has been the recipient of a number of awards thus far this year, including National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award; ACHE Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award; and the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust’s 2014 TRUST Award.

According to Modern Healthcare magazine, the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program honors 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 with rankings published in our annual list.”

The publication received more than 15,000 submissions from readers. The final ballot comprising 300 candidates was based on those receiving the most nominations.

Readers then voted for their top five candidates from May 5 to June 13. More than 31,000 ballots were cast, representing 155,000 votes for individual candidates. Readers' votes counted toward 50% of the final outcome; the senior editors at Modern Healthcare accounted for the other 50% to determine the final ranking.

Among the top five “Most Influential People in Healthcare” are:

  1. President Barack Obama
  2. Bernard Tyson, President and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
  3. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, HHS
  4. Stephen Hemsley, CEO, UnitedHealth Group
  5. Marilyn Tavenner, Agency Administrator, CMS

The other person selected from Michigan was Dr. Richard Gilfillan, President and CEO, CHE Trinity Health.

About Henry Ford Health System

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 1,100-member Henry Ford Medical Group, six 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 2013, Henry Ford provided $314 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 HenryFord.com.