Bob Riney Named President and CEO of Henry Ford Health in Detroit

The board of directors of Henry Ford Health in Detroit has named Robert (Bob) G. Riney president and CEO of the health care and academic organization. Riney, who was most recently COO, had been serving as CEO in an interim capacity following the departure of Wright Lassiter III in August.
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Robert Riney, chairman of the Board of Directors, Nemours Children's Health System
Robert “Bob” Riney has been named president and CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Health. // File Photo

The board of directors of Henry Ford Health in Detroit has named Robert (Bob) G. Riney president and CEO of the health care and academic organization. Riney, who was most recently COO, had been serving as CEO in an interim capacity following the departure of Wright Lassiter III in August.

A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Riney joined Henry Ford Health in 1978 and has since worked in almost every operating unit in the organization.

In addition to serving as COO since 2003, Riney has held numerous other leadership positions at Henry Ford over the past 20 years, including president, health care operations; senior vice president and chief administrative officer; senior vice president and chief human resources officer; and vice president of organizational design and effectiveness.

“Henry Ford is home,” says Riney. “Home to incredible innovation, cutting-edge science, and an unwavering commitment to our colleagues and to the communities we serve. It’s a place where, despite even the most daunting of challenges, making the impossible possible happens every day.

“I am energized and excited to lead this special organization. I look forward to Team Henry Ford continuing to innovate, excel and grow in serving our patients, members, communities and each other.”

David Breen, chairman of the board, says Riney’s more than 40 years of experience at Henry Ford Health, as well as in the metro Detroit community, makes him the ideal leader as the organization continues to improve patient care while advancing research and discovery.

“With Bob at the helm, Henry Ford Health is under the guidance of a leader who has seen our organization through some of its greatest challenges, and for whom a lifetime commitment to team members, patients, and our communities has been his calling and his mission,” Breen says.

“His strategic insights and ability to foster meaningful business partnerships and drive advancement of our clinical, research, and academic distinctions are noteworthy. Additionally, he is very skilled and focused on fostering a culture of belonging between team members, patients and members, and our communities.”

Riney currently serves as a trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust, board member and past-chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, board chair of The Parade Company and Caymich Insurance Co., and board member of the Detroit Zoological Society, M1 Rail Transit Authority, Hudson-Webber Foundation, and Business Leaders of Michigan.

Henry Ford Health provides a full continuum of services — from primary and preventative care, to complex and specialty care, health insurance, a full suite of home health offerings, virtual care, pharmacy, eye care, and other health care retail.

It is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, recognized for clinical excellence in cancer care, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and multi-organ transplants.

The organization engages in more than 2,000 research projects annually, and trains 4,000-plus medical students, residents, and fellows every year across over 50 accredited programs.

Overall, Henry Ford Health has more than 33,000 employees, including nearly 6,000 physicians and researchers from the Henry Ford Medical Group, Henry Ford Physician Network, and Jackson Health Network.

Henry Ford Health offers 250+ locations throughout Michigan, including five acute care hospitals, two destination facilities for complex cancer and orthopedics and sports medicine care, three behavioral health facilities, primary care, and urgent care centers.

Riney also is overseeing a $4.2-billion transformation of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the surrounding community. To read an exclusive report in DBusiness, visit here.

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