Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare: Building Momentum for Transformation








Wright L. Lassiter, III
President, Henry Ford Health System

Wright L. Lassiter, III is the President of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). As HFHS President, Lassiter oversees all hospital and service operations for the five-hospital health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and more than 23,000 employees. He also serves as a member of the Henry Ford Health System Executive Cabinet. A seasoned healthcare executive, Lassiter has more than 20 years of experience working 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. There, he achieved eight years of positive financial performance with operating margins as high as 19 percent. Additionally, under his leadership, Alameda garnered The Joint Commission Top Performer status and twice received the Press Ganey Spirit of Excellence award for employee engagement. Lassiter also led efforts to improve quality and patient safety.

Lassiter's work has received many national accolades including, 2014 "Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare" by the John Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and 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 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, and completed his bachelor's degree with honors in chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse.


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