“Nancy Schlichting turned around the Henry Ford Hospital and Health System.
Under her leadership, in the middle of a global recession and the first bankruptcy
of a major U.S. city, the hospital flourished and earned a worldwide reputation
for excellence that culminated in the coveted Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award.”
— Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company
Southwest Solutions is delighted to announce that Nancy Schlichting will be one of our first Social Impact Award honorees. The award will be presented at our Celebration of Impact event on September 14. Nancy retired as the CEO of Henry Ford Health System last year. She is credited with guiding the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and implementing exemplary patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.
Nancy’s extraordinary impact was never “by the book,” as her own book, Unconventional Leadership, chronicles. She forged her own courageous trail, incorporating lessons from iconic role models, to solve challenges and transform organizational cultures with the ultimate goal of improving the health and quality of life of families, individuals and veterans.
“Sometimes, leading a team to victory isn’t about taking the traditional path. Instead,
it can take imagination, risk, and the ability to turn obstacles into opportunities.
Nancy Schlichting has done this both personally and professionally.”
— Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of men’s basketball at Duke University
Nancy’s career in health care administration spanned 35 years and she was honored as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” by an authoritative publication.
In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Nancy to chair the Commission on Care, which examined the VA health care system and made strategic recommendations about reforming the system to better deliver the high quality health care that veterans need and deserve. In April of this year, Nancy penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about fixing problems with the VA health care system. “I have learned in my career as a health-care leader that high standards of performance have to be grounded in a culture of inspiration and appreciation for those who serve patients,” she wrote.
Even in retirement, Nancy’s voice remains influential and needs to be heard as we continue the work to create a more just and equitable society. Southwest Solutions is honored that Nancy believes in our mission deeply and serves as the chair of our Board of Advisors.
We hope that you will consider joining us at our Celebration of Impact as Nancy receives her well-deserved award. In addition, we will be honoring John Van Camp with a Social Impact Award. John retired as our CEO this year.
Tickets and sponsorships are still available for the event, which promises to be a memorable evening of great company, fine food, and an engaging program and entertainment.