Chamber Spotlight on… Nancy M. Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System

Meet Nancy Schlichting
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Nancy M. Schlichting is the chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, a nationally recognized $4 billion health care organization with 23,000 employees. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.

In 2013, she was selected for the third time as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, honoring executives in all fields of health care “for making a positive difference in the industry.”

The editors of Modern Healthcare noted: “In the decade since (she has been Henry Ford’s CEO), Schlichting has doubled the size of the system, both in revenue and staff. In 2009, Henry Ford opened a new $360 million suburban hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich., and completed a $310 million five-year renovation of the Detroit facility. In 2011, Schlichting accepted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, largely earned for Henry Ford’s “No Harm” patient-safety campaign.”

Her vision is to create tremendous clinical excellence, a fabulous patient experience, and a great environment for all health care professionals to advance their careers. She believes that great people are the key to providing great health care, and therefore, is committed to giving her employees everything they need to become the best possible health care professionals.

A hallmark of Nancy’s career is working with community, legislative and business leaders to improve health services while providing affordable care. She serves on numerous community, professional, and corporate boards that reflect her professional and personal interests.

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