How a man who never went to medical school is changing health care in America.
He spent his career as an entrepreneur and global consultant in the automotive industry. And then he decided to take that experience and generously share it with us at Beaumont. Serving as a trustee and Board member of our health system for 19 years, Steve Howard’s insight and strategic vision have helped us direct the future. As Board Chair, he embraced a partnership in which Beaumont is the only Michigan health system to join the national High Value Healthcare Collaborative – an organization that is designing a model of high quality and value-based care for the country. Through his leadership, Steve has supported philanthropy that allows us to attract renowned physicians and acquire leading edge technology. And he has been a champion for patient safety and superior outcomes. As a result, Beaumont continues to be rated the most preferred health care provider in the region. Anticipating the challenges of health reform, Steve’s forward thinking has led an initiative that will create an historic merger between Beaumont and Henry Ford health systems. This new organization will be a national model for health care. With a tireless commitment of time, talent and energy, Steve has benefited patients at Beaumont – and around the country – making health care better, and more accessible, for us all. Steve Howard has earned Modern Healthcare’s 2013 Trustee of the Year award. And he reminds us that it doesn’t take a medical degree to change health care. All it takes is a heart.
Steve Howard, chair, Board of Directors, Beaumont Health System
Modern Healthcare’s 2013 Trustee of the Year