President and CEO of Henry Ford Health leaves for a new role in the nonprofit health system

DETROIT – The president and CEO of Henry Ford Health announced Thursday that he is stepping down and taking up another position with a Chicago-based health system.

President and CEO of Henry Ford Health, Wright Lassiter III, announced April 28 that he is stepping down to become CEO of CommonSpirit Health, one of the world’s largest nonprofit health systems. of the country, officials said. Lassiter joined Henry Ford Health as president in 2014, then became president and CEO in 2016.

“It has truly been one of the great honors of my life to lead the incredibly relentless, resilient, innovative, diverse and compassionate team that is Henry Ford Health. It has been said that when you need heroism on a grand scale , when you’re faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge, when others say ‘no’, you turn to Henry Ford. I’ve found that to be true – every day,” Lassiter said in a statement. “I am incredibly proud of the transformative work we have done together in and between communities across Michigan and far beyond.I have no doubt that the influence and impact of Henry Ford will continue to grow and grow. flourish long after my last day here.

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A national search will take place to find Lassiter’s replacement. Officials say Bob Riney, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer, will lead while the search for a replacement is underway.

“In 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Henry Ford Health became a top advisor to the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. Henry Ford Health quickly blazed a trail in vaccine research and became a chosen leader for Moderna and J&J vaccine trials, a press release read. “Under Lassiter’s leadership, Henry Ford Health became the official medical advisor to Michigan’s mass vaccination site and the first health system in the state to require staff vaccinations.”

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Lassiter will end his role at Henry Ford Health in July.

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