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Wright L. Lassiter, III


Henry Ford Health System

Wright L. Lassiter III is president/CEO of Henry Ford Health System. He oversees the $6.6 billion integrated health system comprising five acute care hospitals, three behavioral health facilities, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory, retail and other health services consisting of more than 250 locations across Michigan and 33,000 employees. Mr. Lassiter led the board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue. Through his leadership, the health system has inked major partnerships with the Detroit Pistons, General Motors, Syapse, Acadia Healthcare, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and Beckman Coulter, among others. Mr. Lassiter has 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.

Prior to joining Henry Ford, he was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif. In 2021, Mr. Lassiter received the Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Heroes–Corporate Achievement Award. He was named “Michiganian of the Year” in 2020 by The Detroit News and named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2020 “Top 10 Newsmakers” list. His other accolades include being named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare” lists.

Mr. Lassiter is the 2021 chair-elect of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and will assume the AHA chair role in 2022, becoming the top-elected official of the national organization representing America’s hospitals and health systems. He has served on several other nonprofit boards, including as board chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber and a member of the boards of the Detroit Children’s Fund, Invest Detroit, Motown Museum and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Mr. Lassiter also has served on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and DT Midstream Inc. (NYSE: DTM).


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