Wright L. Lassiter III is president of Henry Ford Health System, a nationally recognized $4.6 billion health care organization, President and Interim Chief Executive officer of HAP. He joined HFHS in December 2014. Lassiter oversees all hospital and service operations for the five-hospital health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and 23,000 employees. He also serves as a member of the Henry Ford Health System Executive Cabinet.
A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has more than 20 years of experience in large complex health systems, including Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.
Since 2005, Lassiter held the top executive position at Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he is credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system. Under his leadership, Alameda garnered The Joint Commission Top Performer status, increased patient engagement and twice received the Press Ganey Spirit of Excellence award for employee engagement. Lassiter led efforts to improve quality and patient safety. He is credited with reducing patient harm across Alameda by 50 percent.
Lassiter's work has received many national accolades, most notably including: 2014 "Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare" by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; 2012 "Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine; in 2011 Health Leaders magazine named him among the "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" in the U.S.; and Fast Company has prominently featured his 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 America's Essential Hospitals Board of Directors, LeMoyne College Board of Trustees, City Year Board, YMCA-USA National Board of Directors and he is chair of the Metropolitan Hospital Governing Council of the American Hospital Association.
Lassiter received his master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class. He completed his bachelor's degree with honors in chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, where he now serves on its board of trustees.