Publication: Birmingham Business Journal Online

Author: Tyler Patchen

HealthSouth Corp. has a new independent director, expanding the company’s board seats to 11.

Nancy Schlichting was appointed and has joined the board, offering extensive experience in the health care realm.

“I am excited to join the HealthSouth board and help advance the company’s mission to create superior patient outcomes and best-in-class solutions for health care systems and payors,” Schlichting said. “The company is well-positioned to coordinate patients’ care across the health care continuum, and I look forward to working with the board and management team to deliver further value for all HealthSouth stockholders.”

Schlichting has more than 35 years in senior level executive positions in health care administration, most recently serving as president and CEO at Henry Ford Health System from June 2003 to December 2016. She previously was executive vice president and COO of the Henry Ford Health System from 1998 until 2003. Schlichting also served, prior, as the president of the Eastern Region of Catholic Health Initiatives, CEO of Riverside Methodist Hospitals and vice president and COO of Akron City Hospital.

“Nancy is one of the most experienced and successful executives in the health care industry, and we’re pleased that she will be joining HealthSouth’s board,” said Leo I. Higdon Jr., chairman of HealthSouth’s board of directors. “With her operational insight and financial acumen, Nancy helped guide the Henry Ford Health System through a dramatic financial turnaround, and created positive revenue growth for 12 consecutive years.”

Schlichting also is on the boards of Walgreens Boots Alliance and Hill-Rom Holdings.