Ann Arbor Native Appointed CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital


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Richard "Chip" Davis will start as CEO of Henry Ford Hospital on Nov. 15.

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Monday announced it has selected Richard “Chip” Davis as CEO for Henry Ford Hospital following a national search. He will begin Nov. 15 and replace Dr.  John Popovich Jr., who retired earlier this year. 

Davis will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction over the clinical and financial operations of the hospital, as well as lead new clinical, academic, and commercial partnerships.

Hewill also serve as senior vice president and CEO of the health system’s south market, which encompasses Wayne and Monroe counties, as well as eastern Washtenaw County. He will be tasked with driving revenue, growth, and overall market performance by working with leaders across the system.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chip into this critical leadership role, both in our southern market and Henry Ford Hospital,” says Bob Riney, president of health care operations and COO at Henry Ford Health System. “Chip has an exceptional commitment to patient safety and a true passion for innovation. That combination, along with his wealth of experience with and understanding of complex health care environments, including both academic and community medical settings, make him a perfect fit for Henry Ford.”

In his current position as president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital, a nonprofit hospital within Washington, D.C.’s Johns Hopkins Medicine, Davis established the hospital’s innovation hub, the first-of-its-kind health care improvement accelerator in a community hospital. 

He also founded the health system’s center for innovation, now known as the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and created a nationally trademarked hospital-based program for process improvement training.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Henry Ford," says Davis. “Not only do I have the unique opportunity to help an organization so dedicated to clinical innovation and improving the health and wellness of the community, I also get the wonderful chance to return home to my native state of Michigan.”

Davis has worked with Johns Hopkins Medicine for more than 25 years. His previous roles include vice president of innovation and patient safety as well as executive director for Johns Hopkins Health System’s access services, ambulatory operations, and operations integration. 

He has also served as a national consultant, advising healthy systems and community hospitals on operational efficiency and quality improvements, innovation and patient safety programs, medical staff relations, and culture change.

Davis is from Ann Arbor and earned his doctorate degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University in 1993. He has a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

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