Robert Riney

Board of Directors

Robert Riney, Board of Directors

Mr. Riney was appointed president and chief operating officer of Henry Ford Health System in 2011. In this role, he oversees all hospital and service operations for the six-hospital health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations, 23,000 employees and annual revenues of $4 billion. In addition, he is responsible for corporate services including: information technology, planning and management services, quality and strategic business development, compliance, diversity, and the System's Chief Nursing Office.

Mr. Riney, a graduate of Wayne State University, joined Henry Ford Health System in 1978 and has had the privilege throughout his career to work in almost every business unit in the System. As a result of this rare career track, he has a deep understanding of health system operations and organizational culture and its impact on operating performance. His relationship and negotiation skills, as well as his ability to translate complex challenges into actionable solutions, have served him and Henry Ford Health System well.

Mr. Riney has held numerous Henry Ford Health System leadership positions, including: executive vice president and chief operating officer (2003–2011); senior vice president and chief administrative officer (2002–2003); senior vice president and chief human resources officer (2000–2002); and vice president of organizational design and effectiveness (1998–2000).

Mr. Riney is a passionate contributor to the overall quality of the community as well as his profession, and he is often sought out for input on major community strategic issues. His current board and community roles include: board president, Dominican Healthcare Board; board member, The Nemours Foundation — one of the country’s largest foundations; board member, Wayne State University School of Business Administration; vice chair, National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL); board member, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA); board member, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau; board member, ACCESS; board member, Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC); and, board member, Parade Company.

Mr. Riney’s past board and community roles include: board president, Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit; president, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration; chair, Leadership Detroit; and board member, American Hospital Association Commission on Workforce. 

Mr. Riney brings a strong knowledge of the health care industry and operations to the Board. As a COO, he understands the unique challenges specific to health care organizations and can provide insight as Nemours anticipates changes within
the industry.