Schlichting on Turning HFHS Around, Coming Out and Coming to Detroit

A new book written by outgoing Henry Ford Health Systems CEO Nancy Schlichting highlights her time in Detroit, her coming out as a gay woman and how she sees Detroit’s turn-around. She highlights those points, among others, in her new book and shared stories with Stephen Henderson


  • Unconventional CEO   Schlichting says she’s a woman, she’s gay and she’s the CEO of a major health care operation. Her life experience is all about diversity.
  • Embraced by Detroit   Detroit is a place of diversity and Schlichting says that made her transition here 17 years ago very easy and comfortable
  • Turning Around HFHS  When Schlichting arrived at Henry Ford Health System the hospital was losing a lot of money and talent was not being fully utilized. She is credited with increasing the operation from 2 Billion to 6 Billion and doubling the staff

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