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Nancy Schlichting

Karen DavisNancy Schlichting is chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, a nationally recognized $4.5 billion health care organization with 23,000 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 more than 30 years of experience in senior level executive positions.

Schlichting 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’s most recent awards include: Becker's Hospital Review “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know,” Modern Healthcare “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare-2013” (named for the sixth time), 2013 Becker's Hospital Review Annual Healthcare Leadership Award, Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Women in Healthcare - 2013” (named for the third time), 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,” 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 the third 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 AB in public policy studies, magna cum laude from Duke University and her MBA from Cornell University. She has also been the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Walsh College and Central Michigan University.

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“It is truly our honor to recognize Nancy with the TRUST Award,” said Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, HRET president and senior vice president of research at the AHA. “Nancy’s vision and accomplishments have created an organization committed to improvement in the most complete sense.”

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