Diversity Leadership: Nancy M. Schlichting, Henry Ford Health System

Nancy M. Schlichting


Henry Ford Health System

“Henry Ford Health System is more than a collection of individuals with unique characteristics,” Nancy Schlichting says in a diversity message on the company’s website. “We all come together in a mosaic that brings healthcare to our diverse community. We fully embrace our role in the community as a trusted partner, and support all efforts to achieve healthcare equity and the best practices in diversity and inclusion.”

Schlichting meets regularly with resource groups and personally signs off on diversity goals. She joined HFHS in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer a year later. In 2001, she added the role of President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, before being appointed to her current position in 2003. She has also worked at Summa Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Akron City Hospital.

Extremely active in the community, Schlichting is chair of the executive committee of the Detroit Regional Chamber and sits on the boards of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Economic Club, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, The Kresge Foundation and the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She is an adviser on the 2013 capital campaign of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Michigan Women’s Forum.

Schlichting has received honors and awards from many organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Lung Association, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, the Arab American and Chaldean Council, Detroit Community Health Connection, and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2012, she was also given Ernst & Young’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for Michigan and Northwest Ohio.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell University. She lives with her family in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

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