Wright L. Lassiter III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). He joined HFHS in December 2014. Lassiter oversees all aspects of the six-hospital, $5.5 billion health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations, a health plan, and 28,000 employees.
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, where he now serves on its Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining HFHS, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system. Additionally, under his leadership, Alameda garnered The Joint Commission Top Performer status, increased patient engagement from the 1st percentile to the 80th percentile and twice received the Press Ganey Spirit of Excellence award for employee engagement.
Lassiter's work has received many national accolades, most notably including: "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016" by Modern Healthcare; 2016/2012 "Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare; 2014 "Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare" by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, 2011 "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" in the U.S by Health Leaders, and Fast Company has prominently featured his Work to rebuild Alameda.