Nancy Schlichting, FACHE

Henry Ford Health System, CEO

Nancy Schlichting is Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a nationally recognized $4.2 billion health care organization with 24,000 employees and recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives. Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was named President and CEO in 2003. Her career in health care administration spans 30 years of experience in senior level executive positions. Schlichting serves on national and community Boards: The Kresge Foundation, Walgreen Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber (Chair), Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, Detroit Economic Club and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Schlichting’s most recent awards include: Crain’s Detroit Business “2012 Newsmaker of the Year, HealthLeaders Media “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better-2012, Becker’s Hospital Review “50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” Modern Healthcare “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan “Business Leader of the Year,” Ernst & Young “Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award,” Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” (named for a second time), Becker’s Hospital Review “Women to Know in Health Care,” Michigan Health & Hospital Association “ Meritorious Service Award,“ Crain’s Detroit Business “Women to Watch,” WJR “Women Who Lead,” Crime Stoppers “Eleanor Josaitis Visionary Leader,” Vanguard Community Development “ E. L. Vann Visionary,” Detroit’s Ambassador Magazine “Power Player” and Health Care Weekly Review “Health Care Executive of the Year.” 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 degrees from Walsh College and Central Michigan University.

  • Cornell University - MHA, Accounting
  • Duke University - B.A., Public Policy Studies



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