Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Names CEO, Senior Vice President of North Market

Denise Brooks-Williams

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System has selected Denise Brooks-Williams as new senior vice president and CEO for its north market in southeast Michigan.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Brooks-Williams will provide strategic leadership and direction for the market, which includes Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair, Genesee, and Lapeer counties. She will be responsible for driving revenue, growth, and market performance across all sites. She has been president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital since 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Denise into this critical new role in our organization,” says Bob Riney, president of health-care operations and COO at Henry Ford Health System. “As we extend our reach within our northern communities, I am confident that Denise’s passion for strategic planning and process improvements, along with her ability to forge innovative partnerships, will help us expand the dynamic options for the people of those communities.”

At Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Brooks-Williams has led process improvements including the management of the market shift from inpatient to observation care while increasing efficiency and decreasing costs. She also led growth in oncology, cardiovascular, and orthopedics services, and created joint venture relationships with partners including hospice and behavioral health services.

“We are creating something truly unique in this region,” says Brooks-Williams. “Our patients and members have asked for more high-quality health-care options closer to home. We not only intend to meet that need, we are poised to boldly reorganize ourselves in order to exceed those expectations, creating a dependable, convenient, seamless experience for all of our patients and their families.”

Brooks-Williams was president and CEO of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and held leadership positions with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, including vice president of operations, ambulatory services, strategic business development, and physician network, as well as positions at the Detroit Medical Center and Detroit’s Mercy Hospital.

She has a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

As part of the transition, Peter Karadjoff, currently senior vice president and COO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, will serve as interim president.

Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system. It provides both health insurance and health care delivery.