Wright L. Lassiter III is the Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Health as of August 2022. CommonSpirit is an integrated health system comprising over 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites in 21 states. CommonSpirit has a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In FY21, CommonSpirit had revenues of $33.3 billion and provided $5.1 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.
Prior to joining CommonSpirit, Lassiter was President and CEO of Henry Ford Health (HFH) in Detroit, Michigan. Under his leadership, HFH completed two successful mergers, raised its performance in quality and safety performance, and forged numerous innovative partnerships. Additionally, the Henry Ford Health brand expanded globally with the 2020 opening of partner hospitals in Saudi Arabia and India.
A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has 30+ years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Henry Ford Health, Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas, and Dallas Methodist Health System.
In 2022, Lassiter was named Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year and received the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s highest honor – The Meritorious Service Award. In 2021, he received Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Heroes – Corporate Achievement Award. Cited for his commitment to finding solutions, he was named “Michiganian of the Year” in 2020 by The Detroit News, as well as appearing in the 2020 “Top 10 Newsmakers” list by Crain’s Detroit Business for the second time in three years. His other accolades include multiple year recognitions as “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S” by HealthLeaders Magazine.
An avid servant leader and community advocate, Lassiter is the 2022 Chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, and previously served as the Chair of America’s Essential Hospitals Board of Trustees.
Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College.
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