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Wright L. Lassiter III

President and CEO
Henry Ford Health System

wright lassiter headshotLassiter is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $5.5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail health services consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and 28,000 employees.

He joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as president. In his first year, he led the board and senior management team through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. In addition, he oversaw two successful mergers, one with Allegiance Health in Jackson, Mich., and the other with HealthPlus of Michigan, a health plan based in Flint, Mich., expanding the geographic footprint of the System and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.

A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has more than 25 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Wright was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif. He led the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system, achieved eight years of positive financial performance and The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures status, significant increases in patient engagement and reductions in patient harm.

His work has received many national accolades, most notably 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016 by Modern Healthcare; 2012 and 2016’s Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, 2014’s Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S by HealthLeaders in 2011. Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda.

An avid community leader, Lassiter has held volunteer positions at the United Way, Salvation Army and YMCA. Currently, he serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit, LeMoyne College, City Year Detroit and YMCA-USA national board of directors.

He received his master’s degree in health care administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.

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