David F. Shepherd Named Chair of National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

David F. Shepherd
David F. Shepherd // Photo courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, a nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor, has named David F. Shepherd chair of its board of directors. Shepherd will preside over his first board meeting in September.

Shepherd is president and CEO of Community Care Services at Henry Ford Health System. He joined the NKFM volunteer board in 2015 and became a finance committee member in 2018, while also serving as vice chair.

“For many years, David Shepherd has been a close friend, generous supporter, and a transformational partner to the NKFM,” says Linda Smith-Wheelock, president and CEO of the foundation. “His expertise in the kidney community and his understanding of prevention and health care will be invaluable as we navigate into a future changed by the pandemic.”

Shepherd succeeds Dr. John Magee from Michigan Medicine as chair of the board. Magee served as chair for two years.

In his current position at Henry Ford, Shepherd leads the division that includes home health care programs, hospice care, pharmacy, and retail services. He became president and CEO of Community Care Services in March 2019. He served in this role as interim since June 2018.

During his interim period, Shepherd stewarded growth and performance for the division and managed joint ventures and relationships. One of these was the health system’s support of community PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), an alternative to traditional nursing home care.

Prior to this, Shepherd was vice president of Henry Ford’s kidney dialysis division, Greenfield Health Systems. He established and administered operations for more than 10 community joint ventures across four states.

“David has a wealth of experience in business development and a solid commitment to building partnerships,” says Robert G. Riney, president of health care operations and COO at Henry Ford.

Shepherd is a member of the Renal Physicians Association and National Renal Administrators Association. He is also a speaker and presenter for national forums on dialysis, has served on public and private committees, and has held national advisory positions.

Shepherd received his Master of Business Administration at Northwood University in Midland.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan seeks to prevent kidney disease and improve quality of life for those living with it. The organization estimates that more than 1 million people in Michigan are affected by kidney disease.

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