Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, will receive the Health Research & Educational Trust’s (HRET) 2014 TRUST Award at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit July 20 in San Diego.
Schlichting joined the health system in 1998 and has served in her current role since 2003. In announcing Schlichting as the 2014 award recipient, HRET cited her “commitment to create tremendous clinical excellence, an extraordinary patient experience and a great environment for all health care professionals.”
Established in 2003, the TRUST Award honors health care leaders who symbolize HRET’s mission of using research and education to improve health care quality. HRET, an AHA affiliate, presents the TRUST Award annually to a health care leader who has made significant contributions to improving the health care delivery system.
Henry Ford Health System is nationally recognized for its patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives. It received a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for quality and performance excellence. Schlichting’s “work transcends the usual accolades bestowed to honorees,” said HRET Chairman Michael Rock, M.D., Mayo Rochester Hospitals/ Mayo Foundation’s chief medical officer in Rochester, Minn. “Through her leadership, patients are better cared for, communities are bourgeoning and her organization is a model of quality.”