Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer North Market
Henry Ford Health System
A native of Michigan, Denise Brooks Williams received her bachelor's and master's degrees in health services administration from the University of Michigan. In 2013, Brooks-Williams became president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. This 401-bed acute care hospital serves the Downriver region and surrounding communities of southeast Michigan with approximately 2,400 employees, 600 medical staff members, including Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown outpatient facility and physician practices. Under her leadership, Henry Ford Wyandotte has received numerous quality and patient satisfaction awards such as Healthgrade's America's 100 Best Hospital 3 years in a row, U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Hospital and recipient of the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award.
Brooks-Williams is active in numerous professional groups including serving as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), one of the premier minority health professional organizations in the United States and is the immediate past President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Health Care Executives (MCACHE). Brooks-Williams is active in several community and charitable based organizations including the Chair of the University of Michigan Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Executive Committee. Denise serves as a board member for New Detroit, Spectrum Human Services and Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) through the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 2013, Brooks-Williams was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder (MI) to the Certificate of Need Commission. In 2016, Brooks-Williams named one of Crain's Top 100 Most Influential Women. Denise resides in Detroit with her husband Jeffrey and her two daughters, Jenise and Jasmine.