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Profiles in Leadership: In Detroit, Schlichting’s success story is one to celebrate

By | July 5th, 2011 | Blog | Add A Comment

 

Nancy Schlichting became an EVP and COO at 28.

One in a series of profiles of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare (sponsored by Furst Group)

 

If you ask Nancy Schlichting about what sparked the most professional growth in her career as she rose to become chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, she is quick to point to people other than herself.

 

“Having strong mentors has probably been the most important element of my career,” she says.

 

The two key ones, she adds, are Al Gilbert and Gail Warden, who led Summa Health System in Ohio and Henry Ford, respectively.

 

“They are two individuals who had profound impact on my career,” Schlichting says. “Al Gilbert appointed me at the ripe old age of 28 to be executive vice president and chief operating officer of a 650-bed teaching hospital. That was what launched my career in so many ways.” Read more…