Henry Ford Appoints Three Product Line Vice Presidents

January 15, 2015

DETROIT – Three administrators were appointed Product Line leaders as part of Henry Ford Health System’s delivery system re-design.

The Product Lines are Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Radiology and Inpatient Pharmacy.

Product Lines are areas of service that can be managed in a standard manner across the organization. With expenses and the human resources and assets of each Product Line organized into one structure, the Product Lines will optimize services, staff and equipment across the health system resulting in improved quality, responsiveness, efficiency, employee engagement and cost savings.

“These Product Lines will better integrate, reduce duplication and improve efficiency that will ultimately improve the quality of care for patients and enhance the work environment for team members,” says Bob Riney, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Henry Ford Health System.

“Product Line best practices at many health systems across the nation have shown a significant improvement in value and quality while reducing costs,” Riney says.

Effective Jan. 1, the Product Line administrative leadership for these areas are:

  • Cheryl Martin, M.A., CRT, R.T., System vice president for Radiology Services, from vice president for radiology services at Henry Ford Hospital
  • Edward Szandzik, RPh, MBA, FASHP, System vice president for Pharmacy, from director of Pharmacy Services at Henry Ford Hospital.
  • John Waugh, System vice president for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, from vice president of System Laboratories.

Product Line leaders will provide leadership for overall business operations, human resources, finance, supply chain and information technology, and build a system-wide vision and strategy for quality, customer services and operating results.

The structure of the Product Line will enable standardized and more flexible staffing. For example, a location could better balance its staffing with another nearby location when workloads are higher or lower than usual to optimize efficiency.

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