Chamber Statement on Wright L. Lassiter III’s New RoleApril 28, 2022
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Crain’s Detroit Business
Apr. 28, 2022
CommonSpirit is a 140-hospital system stretched over 21 states and the ability to reach more people was an attractive prospect to Lassiter as the health system recruited him.
“It has an explicit focus on the kinds of things that we have a focus on at Henry Ford and that I’ve had a focus on during my whole career, which is serving the entirety of the community and working hard to ensure that people can live out their best lives from a health and wellness perspective,” he said. “The ability to impact CommonSpirit’s platform, which is more than 30 percent of the United States, as well as some international communities is the kind of impact that I’m proud to be able to lead.”
That doesn’t mean the transition will be easy for Lassiter, who said he felt “deeply conflicted” over leaving Henry Ford Health.
“My intention had been to finish my career here,” he said. “But this is an opportunity for impact in about as broad a way as one can have doing the work that I do, so it’s what I’m called to do next.”
A lasting legacy
In 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Henry Ford Health became a leading adviser to city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The system was chosen for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine trials. Under Lassiter’s leadership, Henry Ford Health became the official medical advisor for Michigan’s mass vaccination site and the first health system in the state to require workforce vaccinations.
Highlights from Wright Lassiter III’s tenure at Henry Ford Health:
“Wright is a visionary, innovative and courageous leader. His contributions have well positioned Henry Ford Health for the future of serving our communities,” Breen said in the statement. “And Bob’s 40 plus year legacy with Henry Ford has been marked by an unwavering and selfless commitment to serving patients, team and community members. I want to thank Bob for his steadfast leadership during this transition.”
Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California. Lassiter earned more than $5.3 million in total compensation in fiscal 2018, $1.6 million of which was base pay, according to the latest Henry Ford tax documents available.