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Henry Ford Health System: No. 2 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Hospital Systems

Hospital Information

U.S. Headquarters: Detroit
U.S. Employees: 24,000
Last Year’s Top 5 Hospital Systems Ranking: No. 1

Why It’s on the List

Located in Detroit, Henry Ford Health System serves the largest Muslim and Chaldean (Christian) populations outside the Middle East, one of the largest Black populations for hospitals in this country, and a growing Latino patient base.

The Institute on Multicultural Health conducts research on health disparities, develops community-based programs aimed at improving the health of underrepresented populations, and provides cultural-competency training to researchers and healthcare providers.

The Henry Ford Multicultural Dermatology Clinic, one of only a few in the United States, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, tissue and hair conditions unique to people of African, Asian, East Indian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern descent.

And the hospital’s Why We Ask campaign advertises to patients that the hospital now asks very detailed questions about race, ethnicity and preferred language. The collection of this patient data allows the hospital to monitor diseases and conditions by race and ethnicity, with the goal of improving the quality of patient care and providing appropriate patient-education materials.

The hospital has an excellent supplier-diversity program, and 10 percent of its prime contractors are Minority Business Enterprises.

Diversity Leadership
Nancy Schlichting, Henry Ford Health System Nancy Schlichting
CEO

“Diversity and inclusion is one of our organization’s key standards of excellence and is woven into everything we do at Henry Ford Health System. Our rich diversity makes us a better company and helps us connect with the health care needs of our patients and their families. The recognition from DiversityInc for the last four years reflects the outstanding work of our Henry Ford Health System Diversity team, and the leadership and culture of our organization.”

Randy Walker, Henry Ford Health System Randy Walker
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

“Diversity is a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic, religious, age and philosophical differences. We strive to cultivate an environment where exploration of these differences is safe, positive and nurturing. We believe that respecting and leveraging our dissimilarities helps position Henry Ford Health System as the provider, employer and community partner of choice.”