Robert G. Riney Named Henry Ford Health President and CEO

September 08, 2022
Robert G. Riney

DETROIT Sep.8, 2022 –The Board of Directors of Henry Ford Health, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive integrated academic health systems, announced today it has named former system Chief Operating Officer Robert G. Riney as President and CEO. Riney had been serving in the role in an interim capacity following the departure of Wright Lassiter, III, in August. 

A graduate of Wayne State University, Riney joined Henry Ford Health in 1978 and has since worked in almost every operating unit in the organization. In addition to serving as Chief Operating Officer since 2003, Riney has held numerous other leadership positions at Henry Ford over the past 20 years, including President, Healthcare Operations; SVP and Chief Administrative Officer; SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer; and VP of Organizational Design and Effectiveness.

“Henry Ford is home,” said Riney. “Home to incredible innovation, cutting-edge science, and an unwavering commitment to our colleagues and to the communities we serve. It’s a place where, despite even the most daunting of challenges, making the impossible possible happens every day. I am energized and excited to lead this special organization. I look forward to Team Henry Ford continuing to innovate, excel and grow in serving our patients, members, communities and each other.”

System board chair David Breen said Riney’s more than 40 years of experience at Henry Ford Health, as well as in the Metro Detroit community, make him the ideal leader as the organization continues to lead the nation in providing innovative, compassionate care while advancing research and discovery. “With Bob at the helm, Henry Ford Health is under the guidance of a leader who has seen our organization through some of its greatest challenges, and for whom a lifetime commitment to team members, patients and our communities has been his calling and his mission. His strategic insights and ability to foster meaningful business partnerships and drive advancement of our clinical, research and academic distinctions are noteworthy. Additionally, he is very skilled and focused on fostering a culture of belonging between team members, patients and members, and our communities.”

Riney is a passionate contributor to the overall quality of the community and is often sought out for input on major community strategic issues. He currently serves as a trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust, board member and past-chair of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), board chair of The Parade Company and Caymich Insurance Company, and board member of the Detroit Zoological Society, M1 Rail Transit Authority, Hudson-Webber Foundation and Business Leaders of Michigan.

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