Wright Lassiter III officially named CEO of Henry Ford Health System

Wright Lassiter III officially takes the reins at the Henry Ford Health System as CEO, two years after being named incoming CEO for the health-care organization.

Lassiter replaces outgoing CEO Nancy Schlichting this month. During Lassiter’s short tenure, which began in December 2014, HFHS has merged with Allegiance Health in Jackson and HealthPLUS in Flint.

“I have been so proud to be part of Henry Ford, a vital and storied institution known on the world scale for its innovation and discovery,” Lassiter says in a news release. “Henry Ford has an exceptional legacy of treating and serving the southeast Michigan community and beyond with superior care and value. I look forward to working with all employees to ensure our second 100-years are even better than our first 100.”

Lassiter joins the Detroit Medical Center’s chief administrative officer Conrad Mallett and regional chief operating officer Reginald Eadie as black executives near or at the top of Detroit’s health care systems.

Prior to serving at HFHS, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif., and has also served in posts at Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth.

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