Las­siter named next CEO at Henry Ford

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Who: Wright Las­siter III, 51

New role: Pres­i­dent of Henry Ford Health Sys­tem, Detroit, ef­fec­tive Dec. 15. Las­siter is cur­rently CEO of Alameda Health Sys­tem, Oak­land, Calif. He will be­come CEO of Henry Ford in late 2016, tak­ing over for the re­tir­ing Nancy Sch­licht­ing.

Pri­or­i­ties dur­ing the tran­si­tion: “I ex­pect to learn about Henry Ford and en­sure I have a great re­spect for all the pos­i­tive at­tributes that ex­ist in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Nancy has been there for 16 years, and so I ex­pect first and fore­most to learn from her the rich his­tory of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and how to ap­pre­ci­ate all its as­sets.”

On merger op­por­tu­ni­ties: “When you look at the Michi­gan mar­ket, it is con­sol­i­dat­ing. Beau­mont (Health Sys­tem) has brought in two other or­ga­ni­za­tions. Cer­tainly we will have dis­cus­sions if is it ap­pro­pri­ate for Henry Ford to seek sim­i­lar part­ner­ships like it sought with Beau­mont or po­ten­tially in broader ar­eas. Ev­ery pro­gres­sive, for­ward­think­ing sys­tem has to con­sider if af­fil­i­a­tions make sense, whether it’s for­mal merg­ers or other af­fil­i­a­tions that don’t in­volve ex­chang­ing as­sets.”

Look­ing back at Alameda: “While pub­lic safety net sys­tems will al­ways be chal­lenged fi­nan­cially, I’m proud we cre­ated a very sound foun­da­tion. I’m also ex­tremely proud of the strate­gic ac­com­plish­ments we’ve had around cre­at­ing an in­te­grated de­liv­ery net­work.”

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