Senior Vice President/CEO North Market
Henry Ford Health System
Denise Brooks-Williams is senior vice president/CEO of Henry Ford Health System’s North Market, which includes hospitals and all ambulatory and other operations within southeastern Michigan’s northern counties. In 2013, she joined Henry Ford Health System as president/CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. A native of Michigan, Ms. Brooks-Williams received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health services administration from the University of Michigan. She started her career in healthcare leadership as a management fellow at Mercy Hospital in Detroit. She has been active in numerous professional groups, including serving as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives. She is also past president of the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare executives, where she continues to serve as a board member. Most recently, she has been appointed to the State of Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
Ms. Brooks-Williams is active in several community and charitable organizations, including serving as chair of the University of Michigan Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and as a board member for Authority Health, New Detroit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Music Hall Detroit, and Friends of African and African-American Art through the Detroit Institute of Arts. She also serves on the Quality Committee of Bon Secours Mercy Health and on the board of directors of Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2017 President’s Award from NAHSE for outstanding leadership, commitment and service to the organization.